Hope for Matrics who failed or performed poorly
Over the last few days the Class of 2020 received their final results. The Independent Examination Board (IEB) matric class of 2020 achieved a 98.07% pass rate, while the Department of Basic Education matric class of 2020 achieved a pass rate of 76.2%, a drop of 5.1% compared to 2019. While the majority can enjoy a sigh of relief, others had to confront the fact that they failed their final year. Coleen Cronje, Chief Executive Officer of Online School, Brainline, says this is not the end of the line.
‘Failing your matric can be quite a shock to the system, however, now is not the time to be despondent as there are numerous options to consider, the first of which is to apply for a remark. If you suspect there was a mistake, you can contact your school and ask for the relevant forms to apply for a re-mark of your papers. There is a cost involved in re-marking a paper, so make sure that you want to do it. You can apply for a remark either at your school or district education office in your province. Grade 12’s who would like to apply for remarks have until 3 March 2021 to submit their application and those results will be released on 26 March,’ she says.
Cronje says another option would be to apply for a supplementary exam which could provide a second chance at success.
Cronje says if these two options prove fruitless, learners should consider completing their Grade 12 through distance education. She says Brainline offers the unique opportunity for learners who have failed or who would like to improve their results without having to go to a traditional school.
‘The 21st century has paved the way for an alternative form of education that is built on the latest technology and offers a new and innovative option to learners of the digital age. For more than 30 years Brainline has been a leader in the area of home schooling, with a virtual school that also offers assessment from Grade 1 to Grade 12, presented by qualified teachers, with all the elements of a traditional school, but adapted to your own lifestyle. Learners who would therefore like to repeat Grade 12 can do so from the comfort of their own homes or even while they are working.’
Brainline is IEB recognised, which means that learners follow the South African National curriculum (similar to the curriculum offered in South African schools) resulting in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) upon successful completion of their matric exams.
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