Feb 2024 1st edition

You can rewrite your matric

Written by More Matshediso

Learners who previously did not succeed in any matric examinations can re-register and rewrite examinations in order to obtain their National Senior Certificate. Rewrite

This great opportunity is made possible by the Department of Basic Education’s Second Chance Matric Programme (SCMP).

The SCMP is a matric rewrite programme that was established in 2016 for learners who would like to improve their results or eventually complete their matric qualification on a part-time basis.

Registration for the SCMP opened in October 2023 and will close on 9 February 2024. You can register at any education district office near you or online. 

According to the department, the programme responds to the National Development Plan’s objective to improve retention rates, reduce dropout rates and leaving no one behind.

This programme also accommodates learners who have previously registered for the programme but still did not succeed. The department said they may register as many times as possible until they are satisfied with their exam results.

Although the programme has no age restrictions, the department mostly targets learners who are aged 21 and above, with a minimum qualification of grade 9, 10, and 11 as well as those who are in ABET level 4.


  • The programme benefits learners as follows:
  • A second opportunity towards achieving a matric qualification. Learners also receive an additional certificate and the programme further provides learners with the opportunity to improve their results for accessing higher education.  
  • With an improved matric results, learners have the potential to get admission in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges and Universities. Learners may also qualify for the Sector Education and Training Authority training programmes. 
  • Increase computer skills, job opportunities and career pathing.
  • Additionally, learners who make use of the programme improve their chances of accessing bursaries and NSFAS funding.

Targeted Subjects

  • Accounting 
  • Agricultural Science 
  • Business Studies 
  • Economics 
  • English First Additional Language 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematic Literacy 
  • Physical Sciences 
  • Life Sciences

To register for the programme, applicants are advised to be in possession of their:

  • Identity Document or passport 
  • Statement of results or grade 12 certificate 
  • School reports are required for those who have passed Grade 9, 10 or 11 and are 21 years old and above. 

To apply online, visit www.eservices.gov.za

For more information, you can email SecondChance@dbe.gov.za or WhatsApp: 063 696 7246 (Administration related. No voice notes) or WozaMatrics WhatsApp: 061 505 3023 (Subject-related queries).

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