Jan 2020

Second chance for 2019 Grade 12 learners

Written by More Matshediso

Learners who did not pass matric in 2019 should not lose hope because they will be given a chance to rewrite subjects. 

The Department of Basic Education’s Second Chance Matric Support Programme provides support to learners who did not meet the requirements of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or the Senior Certificate (amended).

“We would encourage all learners who have not passed to take advantage of this important opportunity to not only achieve their certificate, but improve on their marks to open up new opportunities,” Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said.

The department has collated multimedia material to help these learners prepare for the NSC or the Senior Certificate (amended) examinations.

The material is made up of videos, study guides and audio clips. However, the department said it does not cover the entire curriculum, but instead focuses on core content of each knowledge area and points out where learners can earn marks.

To ensure a high quality pass, learners are encouraged to also cover the remaining aspects of the curriculum using other textbooks.

Other support offerings

Face-to-face classes-these classes are offered nationally at 50 venues, mainly in rural and semi-rural areas, by Grade 12 teachers with an excellent track record.

Multimedia broadcasting solutions – the department also encourages learners to make use of the HD Open View Television Broadcasts on Channel 201 at 36 venues nationally, or privately (more than 420 000 households are connected). Learners who have access to DStv are encouraged to watch Channel 319 for extra lessons; or SABC Education Geleza Nathi broadcasts weekdays on SABC 1 from 5am to 6am, with repeats at 11pm; and those with internet access should watch the SABC Education Geleza Nathi YouTube videos.

Internet access sites-for internet access, the department said learners can visit Vodacom ICT Centres and Thusong Service Centres across the country.

Online learning links – learners can also make use of Vodacom e-School as well as the Western Cape Education Department ePortal.

Candidates can register for the Second Chance Matric Support Programme by visiting the department’s website www.education.gov.za or by going to their nearest district education office. For enquiries regarding this programme, contact the department’s call centre at 0800 202 933.


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