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Deadline looming to register for matric exam rewrite

Deadline looming to register for matric exam rewrite

The clock is ticking for the matric class of 2020, particularly those who want to a second chance at writing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams. The closing date to register to write your matric “supplementary” exams is Friday, 26 March 2021.

“The deadline for registration is the 26 of March for those that want to upgrade their marks, or those that want to use the second chance opportunity to re-write the matric exam which is going to be taking place in May and June,” the Basic Education Department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said.

“We call a second chance opportunity because it’s not supplementary as such, it is a fully fledged exam which takes place in the middle of the year. You can write any number of subjects; you are not limited to two subjects as it used to be the case when it was supplementary exams”

Basic Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga

Those hoping to give their matric exams another shot are encouraged to register at their district office or log onto www.eservices.gov.za.

This applies to those who wrote the June/November 2020, Senior Certificate (SN) and Adult Education and Training (AETE4) examinations.

The supplementary exams will be written in May/June 2021.

The Basic Education department has emphasised however, that prospective candidates can only register for subjects which they were registered for in the previous November examination.

At the same time, if you were absent during the writing of a particular exam and have a valid reason (eg, health, family bereavement), you are also encouraged to register.

“In the case where a candidate was absent for one or more papers in the November exam with a valid reason, the candidate has the choice to write only the outstanding papers or all the papers,” the department said.

In the instance of a possible exam violation being investigated, provisional enrolment for the NSC June examination may be granted, pending the outcome of the investigation.

“Candidates, who were unable to write or complete one or more of the NSC November examination question papers for reasons other than illness, injury or death in the family, may apply to write the NSC June examination, provided that a written report is submitted by the principal of the school to the head of the assessment body,” the DBE further said.


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