What to do if your child fails matric

What to do if your child fails matric

Date Published: August 27, 2020

According to the Daily Maverick, the matric pass rate in South Africa last year was 81%. This was the highest pass rate to be seen in the last 25 years. 

But with 2020 being a turbulent school year, this may not be the case for the matric class. Classes being postponed or canceled has left many children unprepared. 

Here is what you should keep in mind if your child fails matric.

What went wrong?

Before you can think of how to fix the results, you must understand what went wrong. Was enough studying done?

Maybe your child needs a tutor because they could never fully understand the work. Or maybe it was the extent of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Positive Affirmations

Failing matric is not the end of the world. It is important to keep this in mind because your child is going through a stressful period with their results. 

Matric will always be there and can always be re-done. Stay positive! This will help their entire attitude change completely too. If they have your support, redoing matric will be a lot easier.

Your Options

Luckily, failure is not the end of the road. With it come many options that you and your child can choose from.

  • Supplementary Exams 
  • Re-marking
  • Re-checking
  • Re-do Matric 
  • Continue studying

Supplementary exams

There is always the option of writing supplementary exams. However this is only for students who have failed no more than 2 subjects. 

For this to work you must apply for supplementary exams as soon as you get your results. Supplementary exams usually take place between February and March. 

You qualify for supplementary exams if:

  • You were medically unwell (provide a doctor’s note) 
  • There was a death in your family (provide a funeral letter)
  • You failed no more than 2 subjects 
  • You did not meet the higher education admission requirements

Re-marking and Re-checking

Students are allowed to request a re-mark or a re-check of their papers. This will be at an additional fee. 

Re-marking allows students to have their papers marked again to see if any marks were missed or not given. Re-checking gets markers to check that all marks were added up correctly and that no marks were missed overall. 

This can easily be the difference between a pass and fail and is often worth a try. Especially if your child is not far off from the pass mark.

Re-do Matric

No student wants to re-do any academic year but sometimes it is for the best. Matric certificates frame our potential careers. It is an important year to complete and it’s better to get it done sooner rather than later. 

You’ll need to call your child’s highschool and have them reserve a place for the following year. 

There is also the option to re-do your matric after the age of 21 at schools like Matric College. Matric can always be finished.

Continue Studying

Yes, you can continue studying without a matric certificate. There are courses you can carry on to do that can improve your chance of employment.

Matric College

A long-distance learning institute, matric college offers many different courses for those who do not have a matric certificate.

Have a look at what they have to offer here.

The Skills Academy

Studying without a matric has never been as easy as it is at The Skills Academy.  Offering an array of courses from accounting to project management, you’re bound to find something you enjoy. 

Check out their courses here

Bellview Institute of Distance Learning

Further your career at the Bellview Institute of Distance Learning.  This reputable college is QCTO accredited and offers many courses you can do without a matric certificate. 

Look at what they offer here

The Learning Group

If you’re more creatively inclined, this is the college for you. The Learning Group offers mostly creative courses that you can do without having passed grade 12. 

Have a look at all the courses they have to offer here.

Ember Academy

If you’re interested in distance learning and ICB accredited courses, try the Ember Academy.  With multiple career-focused courses to choose from, you’re spoilt for choice.

The Decor School

The home of interior design and decorating courses. The Decor School offers a long-distance learning experience that will put you ahead in your career. 

Check out what they have to offer here.

This article is an updated version of one published on the 2nd of January 2017. See the original article here.

Author: Jan Badenhorst, CEO, Matric College