The Second Chance Matric Programme

The Second Chance Matric Programme

The Second Chance Matric Programme

Having a matric certificate can be the difference between success and unemployment for the youth of South Africa. With the Second Chance Matric Programme, students get another chance to finish their matric year and propel their futures. 

What You Need To Know

Here is everything you need to know about the ‘on the fringe’ Second Chance Matric Programme: 

  • More than 250 000 individuals are working towards their matric certificate outside of full-time schooling: In South Africa, nearly a third of all matric certificates a year come from students who are taking their “second chance” at a matric certificate. 
  • It takes a lot of commitment: Being able to finish your matric certificate outside of a full-time school environment can be challenging. This is especially true for individuals with other commitments like family and work. To be successful at your second chance matric, you have to be committed and dedicated to passing. 
  • The Second Chance Matric Programme helps 40 000 students a year: Around about 40 000 students get their matric certificates through the Department of Basic Education’s Second Chance Matric Programme every year. 
  • Of all the students that start school only half write their matric exams: Based on research done by Youth Capital, of the 904 000 students that start school only 523 000 write NSC exams. Of these students, only 243 000 do not pass their matric year. Only 336 000 students pass and gain university entrance. 
  • COVID-19 disruptions mean that more opportunities must be created: Since all the disruptions that came along with COVID-19, more opportunities must be made available for students to access second chance matric programmes. This includes making matrics ‘on the fringe’ more visible.
  • Youth Capital is an organisation actively trying to change the fate of the youth in South Africa: Youth Capital aims to equip young people with enough valuable skills to help them get a decent job. Part of this includes helping students who leave school or who fail matric to get their matric certificates. 
  • Writing your Second Chance matric: To apply for the Second Chance Matric Programme, students must register through the education districts office or online. 
  • Second Chance candidates will receive exam support through 3 types of institutions: Non-governmental subsidised college, private colleges and traditional high school. 
  • Students can enrol full or part-time NSC: To apply as a full-time student, individuals must be under 21 and must have left grade 12 no less than 3 years ago. Part-time applicants either failed matric, left before they could write their exams or want to improve their results. They must be under 21 and must have left school less than 3 years prior. 
  • Students can enrol for part-time SC: Senior Certificates are for students who have a grade 9 certificate and were never able to complete their matric year. Individuals who failed matric more than 3 years prior and/or want to improve their marks can also apply. Candidates must be 21 years or older to write their exams. 
  • Gender and Second Chancers: Research shows that girls are more likely to pass matric than boys are. This is also seen in Second Chance Matric Programmes where women outperform male students. 
  • Location and Second Chancers: Students in urban areas have a higher chance of finishing their matric year, and passing than students in rural areas.
  • Youth Capital’s Shift: Youth Capital launched an action plan in 2012 to help support young people within the education system. This plan is made up of 3 areas- education, transitions and Jobs. Read more about it here.

Author: Andrea Frisby

Published: April 14, 2021


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