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2020 Matric Results Release

Following the completion of the marking process for the 2021 National Matric Examinations, the results are set to be announced within days. Find all of the information you might need regarding the release of the 2021 Matric Examination right here.

Everything You Need To Know

With the release of the annual Matric results expected soon, here is everything you need to know.

Important Dates For The 2021 Matric Examination Results

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has confirmed the following important dates leading up to the release of the 2021 Matric Results:

  • End of 2021 Matric Examinations – 7 December 2021
  • Start of Marking Process – 8 December 2021
  • End of Marking Process – 22 December 2021
  • Conclusion of Capturing Process for Marks – 27 December 2021
  • NEIC (National Examinations Irregularities Committee) Meeting – First week of January 2022 (NEIC Process concludes – 3 January 2022)
  • Umalusi Commences Standardisation Process – 6 January 2022
  • Umalusi Approval Announcement – 14 to 18 January 2022
  • Ministerial Announcement of National and Provincial Results – 20 January 2022
  • Provincial Release of Results to Students – 21 January 2022

Results Release Date

According to the official announcement by the Department of Basic Education, the minister for Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the National and Provincial Matric Results to the country on the 20th of January 2022.

Following the announcement by the minister on the 20th of January 2022, individual results will be made available to students on the 21st of January 2022.

Publication Of Results

Following a ruling made by the Gauteng High Court on the 18th of January 2022, the Department of Basic Education has been given the approval to release the National Matric Results on public media platforms, such as newspapers. Along with the other ways used to provide students with their results, the normal publication of results will continue.

Earlier, on the 11th of January 2022, the Department of Basic Education announced that due to fears of overstepping the regulations of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), it would not be publishing results on public platforms. This was decided as the departement deemed the act of making individual results public knowledge illegal in accordance with the POPIA.

However this decision has been overturned and students can, as done in previous years, view their result, by means of the ID number and unique exam number, on a number of public media platforms.

Umalusi Approves Results

Umalusi (The Council for Quality Assurance in Education) announced via a public media statement, made by Council Chairperson Professor Jimmy Volmink, that it has given the green light for the announcement of the 2021 National Matric Results.

Having noted a number of reported irregularities, Umalusi announced that there were no systematic irregularities and that the results had not been adversely affected. The planned release of results could thus go ahead.

Online Release Of Results

The Department of Basic Education has once again urged students to register on their website to receive their results at the time of release on the 21st of January 2022. 

The registrations have been open since the start of January 2022 and to make the process of getting their results a convenient experience it is recommended that students register online to get their results.

Students can register here to view their results on the Department of Basic Education website. This process involves two-step verification and students will need to provide both their 13 digit ID number as well as their unique 13 digit exam number.

How To Get Your 2021 Matric Results

The following ways are available to students to get their results:

Physical Results Certificate

Students can get their result certificates directly from the school they attended on the 21st of January 2022. To do this they will need to provide the staff at their school with their proof of identification, for example their ID.

SMS Service

Students can make use of the National SMS service provided by the Department of Basic Education. The SMS service is charged at R1.50 per SMS. To do so they must complete the following steps:

  • Step 1 – Send a text message to 35658
  • Step 2 – This message must first contain your 13 digit ID number, followed by a space, and then your unique 13 digit exam number
  • Step 3 – Once you have successfully completed your registration your results will be sent to your phone number when available

USSD System

Students can use the USSD service as made available by the Department of Basic Education. Standard USSD rates apply. To do so students must complete the following steps:

  • Step 1 – On your mobile phone dial *120*35658#
  • Step 2 – Answer a number of questions as asked by the USSD system
  • Step 3 – Enter your 13 digit ID number
  • Step 4 – Select either “Yes/No” to opt-in or opt-out to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act regulations
  • Step 5 – Your results will be sent to you per subject as they are made available


With the ruling by the Gauteng High Court on the 18th of January 2022, students who expressly provided their consent to have their results published on public media platforms, such as local Newspapers, will be able to view their results within specified local Newspapers on the 22nd of January 2022.

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2020 Matric Results Release

The matric exams are set to finish on the 15th of December followed by a 2-month wait for the final results on the 23rd of February 2021. 

Here is everything you need to know about the 2020 matric results. 

  • The New Date
  • Rewriting Exams 
  • Accessing Your Results
  • Preparing Your Options

The New Date

The final matric results are usually released in early January to get results to students before the start of university.

Due to the complications caused by COVID-19, the examination period for the matric finals was pushed later into December. This is one of the reasons that the results release date was pushed.

Another reason for the shift in the release date is the large number of matric students who are writing their final exams in December 2020. Over 1 million students are writing their exams and there are simply too many papers to be marked by early January.

Rewriting Exams

So far, 2 examination papers have been leaked during the final matric exams. 

  • Mathematics Paper 2 
  • Physical Science Paper 2

Both papers were released just hours before the examinations were set to be written. After much deliberation, the Department of Education has decided that both these papers will be rewritten. 

This will be the first time in history that there will be a nationwide rewrite of matric exams.

The Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 examinations are set to take place on the 15th and 17th of December respectively.

Accessing Your Results

Once your results are released. There are multiple ways these can be accessed:

  • Online 
  • SMS
  • USSD
  • Newspapers 

To learn more about how to access your results using these methods, click here.

Preparing Your Options

Not everybody will be able to pass matric, that is why it is so important for you to prepare alternative options if you do not. If you are unable to pass your grade 12 year, you have the following options:

  • Rewrite or Recheck 
  • Matric Upgrade 
  • Return to School
  • Study without a Matric Certificate

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