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Second chance for matriculants

Written by Albert Pule

If you failed matric in 2015, you have a chance to re-write your matric examinations and get better results.

The Department of Basic Education says learners can re-write matric under a new initiative called the Second Chance Programme.

The aim of the programme is to offer young people who have failed to meet the requirements of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) a second chance to obtain a matric, thereby improving their quality of life.

According to the department, the programme will be piloted this year and registration for participation will only be open to learners that attempted the NSC examinations in 2015.

Candidates who did not meet the NSC requirements post-2008 (excluding the 2015 candidates) will only be able to participate in the programme in 2017.

The department said the programme is expected to provide support to learners who wrote the 2015 matric examinations and qualified to write one or two subjects in the supplementary examinations in February and March 2016.

Progressed learners (those who failed Grade 11 more than once but were still promoted to Grade 12) who were not successful in the 2015 matric exams will, under the Second Chance Programme, sit the exams again in June 2016.

Learners who write supplementary examinations in February/March 2016 but do not do well in these will also qualify to sit for the exams again in 2016.

Learners that write the supplementary examinations in February/March 2016 but who do not do well will also be eligible.

Second chance registration

Registration is done at district offices.

Supplementary exam candidates: Learners must register for the programme when they register to write the supplementary examinations.

Progressed learners: Registration for progressed learners will start in March 2016 (for the June examinations).

For more information on the programme, visit this website http://www.education.gov.za/Programmes/SecondChanceProgramme /tabid/932/Default.aspx. Call the Department of Basic Education on 0800 202 933 or 012 357 3000.