Not progressing in the National Senior Certificate is certainly not the end of the world. Take failure as an opportunity to start a new journey. Failing Matric is not the end of the world and what determines how far you go in life is your attitude after matric.

You can still have another shot in rewriting your National Senior Certificate.

It is possible for some unsuccessful students to rewrite a paper through a supplementary exam. You qualify to rewrite if you’ve failed 2 or more subjects.

Only candidates who were registered for and, who wrote the November 2019 NSC examination, can apply to write a supplementary exam.

2019 Grade 12 learners can register to write the examination if:

?They failed to meet the requirements in the November examination;

?They passed but seek to improve their performance; or

?They were absent from the writing of one or more question papers due to ill-health or other unforeseen circumstances;

The date to write the supplementary exams has been changed from February to May/June. This allows candidates to have enough time to prepare for a second chance. The closing date for the supplementary exams is 31 January 2020.

What if I don’t qualify?

According to the department, if you do not qualify for the 2020 supplementary exams, you may:

?Re-enrol and complete your NSC as a full-time learner at a school (only applicable to learners under 21);

?Complete your NSC part-time with a Public Adult Education Centre;

?Complete your NSC as an adult learner by registering for the Senior Certificate (SC) examination;

?Look to vocational education and training via a Further Education and Training (FET) college.

Visit the Department of Basic Education website for more information. In this unfortunate period, you can also contact the Depression toll free number 0800 121 314.

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