Your Options If You’ve Failed a Matric Subject
Passing Matric is essential; it is the culmination of twelve years of education, and a basic requirement to access tertiary education. Many employers are reluctant to hire those without a Matric certificate, and if you have failed a Matric subject, things may seem pretty bleak.
Fortunately, you may qualify for a supplementary examination (i.e. a Matric re-write), allowing you to have a second go at the subjects you failed. According to the Department of Basic Education website, you may qualify for a supplementary exam if you:
- Were medically unfit on the day of the exam;
- Do not meet admission requirements for Higher Education;
- Experienced personal problems such as a death in the family; or
- Failed a maximum of two subjects
If you meet these criteria, and want to register for a re-write, then contact the Department of Education, via your school. The deadline to register for a supplementary exam is usually mid-January, but it is best to register as soon as possible after you receive your results. The supplementary examinations now take place in June. The 2020 dates have not yet been finalised so keep an eye on the media releases posted on the Department of Education website once the Matric results are released.
This is also an excellent time to consider tutoring, to assist you with those difficult sections of work and to help you cover all the material needed before you write your exam. By getting support systems in place well in advance of your Matric re-write, you will improve your chances of improving your marks and passing your subject. It is important to know, however, that it is also up to you to pass, so start observing good study habits: make up a timetable; give yourself a good, clean, well-lit study area, away from the hustle and bustle of the house.
Get in touch with us soon (don’t wait until the last minute) and we’ll get you set up with a tutor who will be there with you every step of the way. We want to see you succeed, and assist you in achieving the marks that you want to get!
Written by Conor Engelbrecht, Maths & Science Tutor