What are you options when you fail matric?
Failing matric can seem like a disaster BUT there are still many options available so don’t feel too depressed. You can easily study a course that doesn’t need a matric through colleges such as:
The Matric exams are coming up and while preparations are underway, but there is also the chance that the worst could happen. That you could fail one or more subjects in your matric year. This could cause you to not be able to study, and might even stop you from being able to get your matric certificate. If this happens it is not the end of the world although it might feel like it. You still have a chance. You can do a matric rewrite on the subjects that you failed or didn’t do well enough in. These normally take place in March, but the government has not released the official matric rewrite dates yet. As soon as they do you will be able to find all the information you need right here.
I Have Just Failed Matric – What Now?
Oh no! You received your Matric results and you found out that you failed. You are probably feeling depressed and hopeless. It seems like your friends are moving on and you feel like you have been left behind. Failing Matric can really hurt but we are here to tell you that failing Matric is not the end of the world. Not everybody gets to write Matric, and of those that do write Matric over 50% fail. Relax! There are steps you can take to move forward and upward, and continue on to a brighter future.
Figure Out Why You Failed
The first step that you need to take is to determine why you failed your exams. Think about it and be extremely honest with yourself. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Did I go out on the town or sit around watching TV when I should have been studying?
- Did I think I was too cool to study and now I regret it?
- Did I study hard enough?
- Did I participate in class throughout the year or did I try to make up everything at the end of the year?
- Did I think it was going to be easy and I didn’t put the effort in?
- Did I become frustrated and give up?
- Was I too sick to write my exams or was there a personal crisis in my life that prevented me from finishing?
Once you have figured out the reason that you failed you can move onto the next step.
What Are My Next Steps?
Now that you have figured out where you went wrong you can take steps to improve your situation. This process is not difficult but it does take a lot of time to do this. So what are your options?
Go Back To School
Not everybody gets to write Matric, and of those that do write Matric over 50% fail. You are not alone. If you absolutely have to get a Matric the only way to do that is to go back to school and do a matric rewrite. You can approach your nearest high school and talk to the principal to find out what matric rewrite options they can offer you. You can also register for an ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) course ABET courses give you a Matric equivalent qualification.
Get Your Papers Remarked
Rather than do a matric rewrite you could apply to have your papers remarked. Remarking is expensive so it’s only recommended if you honestly feel you did better than the mark you got. This means that you will not rewrite your exam but you will ask that it gets marked again. Also be sure to check your local newspapers for the re-marking deadline date and fees. Students from no-fee schools may not have to pay application fees.
Write A Supplementary Exam
If you have failed less than 3 subjects, you may apply to write supplementary exams. Deadline date to apply is usually near the end of January.Supplementary exams are FREE! If you need more information you can get hold of the Department of Education via their website www.education.gov.za or firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 0800 202 933.
Rewrite Matric or Repeat The Year
If you feel that re-doing your Matric will help you in the long run, then you will need to repeat the year. Talk to the principal of your school to find out how to do this. This way you can rewrite your exams next year and if you have correctly identified why you failed in the first place, you can pass your exams the second time around.
Register For an Adult Based Education and Training Course
If you missed out on your opportunity to get a Matric Certificate, then there are many other options for study. Some of them are promoted as “Matric Equivalent” qualifications. So before you sign up for a Matric Equivalent Qualification, you must make sure you understand how such a qualification compares to a Matric Certificate.There are many institutions that can offer a quality curriculum and assessment in accordance with the regulations of the government. These institutions need to be registered with the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), and students need to meet the entrance requirements of the institution. Contact Umalusi here: www.umalusi.org.za to find out which Adult Based Education and Training Institution is best for you.
Register For A Course That Does Not Need A Matric
If you feel like this will take too long and you do not want to do a matric rewrite, you might be wondering if you can study a course that does not need a Matric. Yes! You can! There is a wide selection of courses that you can study without having to finish Matric. If you are over the age of 16, can read and write in English, and you have a Grade 10 or Grade 11 certificate then you can register for one of these great courses with Skills Academy and start your studies today.
You still have other options apart from a matric rewrite. There are many professional accredited colleges that accept students at any time during the year. An example of this is Skills Academy.
What do I do if i absolutely HAVE to get a Matric?
If you absolutely have to get a Matric the only way to do that is to go back to school and do a matric rewrite. You can approach your nearest high school and talk to the principal to find out what options they can offer you. You can also register for an ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) course ABET courses give you a Matric equivalent qualification.
What is Adult Based Education and Training?
Adult Based Education and Training grew as a result of the political struggles of South Africa’s past. Adult Based Education and Training aims to make a significant improvement in the quality of life of people who have had trouble finishing their schooling, or were not afforded the opportunity to progress further with their education.
So what exactly is Adult Based Education and Training? The Department of Education defines Adult Based Education and Training as the general foundation towards lifelong learning and development, a system that is made up of developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are required for social, economic and political participation and transformation. It is flexible, developmental and targeted at the specific needs of particular audiences and, ideally, provides access to nationally recognised certificates.
There are many institutions that can offer a quality curriculum and assessment in accordance with the regulations of the government this is a useful alternative to doing a matric rewrite. These institutions need to be registered with the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), and students need to meet the entrance requirements of the institution. Students who comply with the national policy requirements are awarded the National Senior Certificate (Matric), which should be accredited by Umalusi.
This whole process can take several years to achieve. On the other hand, you can get a Matric Equivalent Certificate.
What Is A “Matric Equivalent” Qualification?
- A Matric Certificate is on an academic level called NQF 4 (National Qualifications Framework Level 4).
- There are many qualifications that do not give you a Matric Certificate, BUT which is on the same academic level, NQF 4 level.
- These other qualifications are not better and not worse than a Matric. But they will not get you a Matric Certificate. Because they usually have different subjects from a Matric. And usually, they are examined by a different government body. So they can be examined by a SETA, or by a Professional Body. And these bodies will then issues your qualification. Only Umalusi can issue a Matric Certificate.
- When these other qualifications are also on NQF 4 level (academic level) and if they are properly Accredited, then they are called “Matric Equivalent” qualifications.
Last updated: February 20th, 2017