Matric results: How to get them and what to do if you’re disappointed

MALALANE – Matrics from all over the country will be scouring their local newspapers, rushing to their school or checking their phones and the internet tomorrow morning to find out their final results.

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) announced private school results yesterday, with a pass rate of 98,76 per cent. The Department of Education is hoping to better last year’s national pass rate of 72,5 per cent.

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The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will be announcing the 2017 National Senior Certificate Exam results from 18:00 tonight. It will be broadcast on SABC 1, and DStv and released on

Pupils will be able to visit their schools or exam centres to get their results. Major daily newspapers will publish exam numbers and whether they’ve passed.

To receive results via SMS, send your ID number and exam number to 35658. SMSs cost R1.

You can also dial *120*35658#. You will need to answer several questions and enter your ID number. You will be able to get your results per subject. USSD rates will apply.

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Once you have received your results, and they aren’t what you expected, don’t panic.

Fathima Razack of the Independent Institute of Education urges parents to think about how their reaction can affect their children. “Although parents and guardians may feel deeply disappointed, they should know that their first words and reactions may leave a lasting impact,” she says.

Both parties need to stay calm and consider their options.

There are several options available to learners who received poor marks or didn’t pass:
• Sitting supplementary exams in February and March. Learners can qualify to write a maximum of two subjects to meet the requirements of the NSC Exams.
• Sending your exam papers to be remarked or rechecked. You can do this through your school or the department of education’s district office.
• Reregistering for matric at your school or another school. This will give you another year to understand and review the material and do a lot better during exams.
• Complete matric via distance learning.

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If you didn’t do well enough to still qualify for your first choice of course or institution, contact them to see what your alternatives are. You may still be able to register for a course in your chosen field of study. You could also do a few bridging courses, which may enable you to take the course you originally wanted at a later time.

Corridor Gazette

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