2020 has been a year filled with curveballs. Many people have postponed their events such as weddings and various ceremonial gatherings. The education sector in the country has not been left behind. This year’s calendar is a bit different from the previous years. Here is all you need to know about getting matric results.
Previously, scores have been announced shortly after New Year celebrations, but the school year has changed dramatically in 2020 due to the pandemic. The Education Department announced that candidates would complete their matric exam by December 15th 2020.
Marking of the exams is scheduled to commence soon after and will end on January 22nd 2021. Therefore, DBE will release the long-awaited matric grades on February 23rd, 2021.
Details as to when independent schools will sit their exams have not been released. However, the marks from the Independent Examinations Board are usually released a day or two before their public counterparts.
How to get your matric results
There are various ways you can use to access your grades. You do not need to be near your school or a government education office to get them. Below are a few ways you can easily get your exam marks.
Through a mobile phone
You can access your grades by dialling a USSD code using your phone or by sending an SMS to the provided number:
- The USSD code is *120*35658#. Follow the steps provided, enter your ID number and get your results per subject.
- When you register for matric results using the SMS, send your ID and exam number to 35658.
- You will receive a confirmation message with your marks.
- For the mobile phone service, charges are applicable.
Through the news websites
You can also get your matric scores from online news websites. Some websites publish the scores on the day the government releases the grades. However, they are not full grades and will only let you know whether or not you have passed.
From your school
You can also visit your school to get your scores. These will be your marks per subject. However, these are not the official marks, but you can get the printed grades after a few months.
How to check matric results online
If you are wondering how to view matric certificate online, the process is straightforward. We have the full details on how to check online matric results 2021. The government posts the results through the Department of Basic Education website: education.gov.za.
Follow the steps below to get your marks:
- Visit the government website above.
- Register using your details. (Please note you can only register for matric results until February 22nd the day before the marks are released).
- Click on the link for 2020 NSC exam results.
- Enter your examination number.
- Your results will appear on the screen.
- Click the download button and print.
Other than the above methods, you can also call the Department of Basic Education when the results are released. However, it might be a while before you get your grades through these means since many students will be calling the department to get their scores.
How do you get old matric results?
One may have lost or damaged your original certificate, worry not. You can replace your certificate by visiting your nearest Department of Basic Education or Provincial Education Department offices to fill in a replacement application form.
However, you will have to pay a fee and attach an affidavit stating the reason for the replacement. You will also need your original ID and a certified copy.
You can also apply through the DBE website for an online reissue. Below are the fees to get old matric scores.
- R130.00 for replacing a certificate
- R180 for the statement of results
According to the DBE, these fees are valid until March 31st 2021.
Frequently asked questions
For the students who sat their matric exams, it seems like a daunting task to get their grades. Many do not understand how to get matric results or even when the government will release them. We have answered some of the questions below.
How can I get my matric results by SMS?
There are many methods of accessing your marks. Other than visiting the government website, you can get your results by SMS. You can send your ID number and examination number to 35658, or you can dial *120*35658#.
How can I check my matric results online 2020 Gauteng?
If you sat for your exam in Gauteng, you could access your scores by logging into the Government website. You will need your examination number, personal details such as your name and your home language.
Are matric resuts out?
Matric scores are not out yet. The exams will be completed by December 15th. The scores will be released in February 2021, according to the Department of Basic Education.
What time will matric results 2020 be released?
If you wrote your matric in 2020, here is the scheduled time for the release of the scores.
- National Senior Certificate results for Western Cape: February 24th, 2021, at 5 am.
- National Senior Certificate results for all provinces except Western Cape: February 23rd, 2021, at 6 am.
- IEB results: to be confirmed.
Technology has made it easy to access most services online. The education system in the country has made it possible to get your scores at the touch of a button. Visit The DBE and IEB websites to get your grades. We wish you all the best!
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