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It’s never too late to improve yourself

Written by Noluthando Motswai
Achieving matric is within reach of Western Cape adults who did not graduate high school.

If you are an adult living in the Western Cape and are thinking of rewriting your matric, then 2018 might be your year.

The Western Cape Department of Education is calling on older people to register for their senior certificate.

Registration opened on 1 October and will close on 31 January 2018. The senior certificate will be written in May/June 2018.

The Western Cape Minister of Education Debbie Schäfer said learners may register online on the Western Cape Education Department website. She explained that the Senior Certificate examination is based on the National Senior Certificate (NSC) CAPS curriculum, which is the same course content covered by the Grade 12 learners in school.

In 2014, the Department of Basic Education revised requirements for the Senior Certificate (matric) qualification for adults to bring it in line with the CAPS curriculum. Candidates writing the amended Senior Certificate are exempt from school-based assessment (SBA), which means that the examination in the subject will constitute 100 per cent of the final mark.

She said adult learners have eight months to prepare for the exams and earn themselves an important school leaving certificate that can open many doors.

In 2017, almost 20 000 candidates registered to write the 2016 Senior Certificate in May/June.

“My office is inundated with queries from adult learners wishing to complete their Senior Certificate qualification. It is encouraging that so many adults now wish to obtain their school leaving certificate.”

Adult learners qualify to register for the Senior Certificate exam if they are 21 years or older and have one of the following:

  • A General Education and Training Certificate for Adult Basic Education and Training; or
  • A Grade 9 (Standard 7) school report, stating that they have passed Grade 9; or
  •  A recognised equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Level 1, which requires two official languages.
  • In exceptional cases, youth who are 18 to 20 years old and who are not in school, can apply to the Head of Education in the province to write the exams if they too have one of the above.
     

The following learners also qualify to register for the Senior Certificate exams for adults:

  • Adult learners who are 21 or older who have passed some subjects for a Senior Certificate or a NSC;
  • Adult learners who need to complete a Senior Certificate qualification; and
  • Adult learners who have an incomplete NSC, and whose SBA has expired.
     

Candidates who did the NSC in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 may apply to register.

Applications with supporting documents and a motivation can be submitted to:
Head: Education
Western Cape Education Department
For attention: Mr A Clausen
Private Bag X9114
Cape Town, 8000 or hand delivered to the Examination Walk-in Centre, Grand Central Building, Cape Town.

Applicants can also apply on line by clicking on the following website: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/home/