Department Of Education Offers 2017 Matriculants Second Chance


Lindiwe Masango

After a national release of class of 2017 matric results, the Department of Education has encouraged Matriculants who did not obtain good results to register for the Basic Education Department’s Second Chance Matric Support programme.

Statistics show that the class of 2017 has received a 71.5% national pass rate, with more than 153,000 matriculants obtaining a Bachelor’s pass giving them University entrance and a chance to study in institutions of their choice nationwide.

However many candidates failed to obtain university acceptance, while others could not to meet the minimum requirements to pass the year.

According to the department, the support programme aims to serve as a platform of support to those who haven’t met the requirements to study at tertiary level in offering candidates a chance to upgrade their results and obtain satisfactory results for the upcoming year.

Explaining why the department has launched the second chance programme, Basic Education spokesperson Troy Martens said; “It’s really an opportunity for those who weren’t able to qualify or meet the requirements for the national senior certificate to have a second chance of doing it.”

The closing date for supplementary exams is 19 January.

Candidates who wish to rewrite their exams in June are encouraged to apply before 31 January while those who want to do their rewrites in November have a chance extended until 15 June to apply.

Candidates have been encouraged not to loose hope on the future but do all in their powers to look for and make good use of second chances.