Matric Results Release Date is 23 February 2021

Matric Results Release Date 2020

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will release the Matric results for the class of 2020 on 22 February 2021.

Candidates (students) can get their results the next day (23 February 2021) at their exam centres, by SMS, via USSD and also in the newspapers

Students can also get their matric results online

Regarding admissions to Universities and Colleges; spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education Elijah Mhlanga said: “The late release of the results will not jeopardise their admissions to higher education institutions.”

Past Matric Results:

Department of Basic Education

  • 2016: 76.2% pass rate 
  • 2017: 79.4% pass rate 
  • 2018: 76.4% pass rate 
  • 2019: 81.3% pass rate 
  • 2020: will be released on 23 February 2021


  • 2016: 67% pass rate 
  • 2017: 76% pass rate 
  • 2018: 92% pass rate 
  • 2019: 82% pass rate 
  • 2020: will be released in February 2021

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Provincial Matric Results From 2016 - 2020:

Where Can I Find My Matric Results 2020?

Here is where you can find your matric results in February 2021: 

  • The Department of Education 
  • Online 
  • Your Mobile Device 
  • Newspapers and News Sites

Click on your province to find out where you can find your Matric Results or read the full article here

When will the 2021 School Year Start?

The DBE also announced that the new school year will start on 1 February 2021 for teachers and the 15th of February 2021 for students.

See the Department of Education press release here.

Back To School

Schools can expect to return to normal from 15 February 2021.  The National Teachers’ Union (NATU) does not believe that the Department of Basic Education is ready to implement all necessary COVID-19 precautions.  They called the DBE to “think carefully” about the decision to reopen schools. 

NATU believes that once students go back to school from various holiday locations, schools will turn into ‘super spreader’ events.  A study was done that found 53% of South African believe that children should not be returning to school this month due to the rising number of coronavirus cases. 

Keeping Safe Whilst At School

If the DBE does indeed decide to re-open schools on the 27th of January, here are a few precautionary measures that can be taken:

  • Social distancing must be practised amongst students. 
  • Face masks must be worn at all time. 
  • Hand sanitiser must be kept by each student to ensure clean hands.
  • Stationary and other objects must not be shared. If they are, they must be well sanitised between use. 

University Starting Dates

While still subject to change, universities will start opening in March of 2021 with the exception of one university opening in April. 

Watch the Higher Education brief below:

Author: Jan Badenhorst, CEO, Matric College
Date Published: August 1, 2020

Last Updated: January 19, 2021


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