Hope for matrics who wanted better results

by Jan 20, 2023Articles

Over the next few weeks, the Class of 2022 will receive their final results. It’s a crucial time in these learners’ lives as a matric certificate has become a basic requirement for getting a job in South Africa, while also being the gateway to further education. Brainline CEO, Coleen Cronje, says if you are one of those learners who are either unhappy with the symbols you’ve attained or if you’ve failed matric, don’t lose hope. She says there are steps you can take to improve your situation.


Failing your matric or not achieving the results you hoped for, can be quite a shock to the system. However, now is not the time to be despondent, as there are numerous options to consider. If you’ve passed matric but you haven’t achieved your desired results your first option would be to apply for a remark if you think that you did better than what your final results indicate. You can apply for a remark either at your school or district education office in your province,” Cronje explains.

Cronje says another option would be to apply for a supplementary exam, which could provide a second chance at success.


Your second option, in this case, would be to register for supplementary exams and take another opportunity at improving your symbols. The Department of Education has set down May/June annually as a period where candidates can improve their results or complete outstanding results via supplementary exams. Remember to apply for supplementary exams before the closing date.” 

Cronje says the Department of Education also offers a programme called ‘Second Chance’, which provides learners with free support.


The Second Chance programme enables learners to write supplementary exams for a maximum of two subjects in order to meet the pass requirements of the NSC examinations. These exams are written after learners have received a total of 12 hours of face-to-face classes to give them the best chance of passing. When it comes to supplementary exams, you cannot return to your school to re-attend classes. Instead, you’ll have the option of attending classes at a community college or a private learning institution,” she explains.

Cronje says Brainline offers this unique opportunity to 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, 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.”

Cronje says the most important thing to keep in mind is that poor results do not define you as a person.


Remember this is a matric certificate, one of many challenges you will face in your life. But just like other challenges, we sometimes make mistakes and sometimes we do an excellent job. Regardless, the best we can do is to give it our best shot and if it doesn’t work out as planned, there’s always a second chance. Do not allow your matric results to define who you are or whether you consider yourself a success or not. Nothing can define who you are. Only you can.”

Enrolment for Grade 12 with Brainline closes on 17 February 2023. 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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