Class Of 2021 Matric Results: Limpopo

Matric results are scheduled to be released this Friday, 21 January 2022. The class of 2021 is just days away from knowing how they fared in their final exams.

How to get my matric results in 2022?

  • Online
  • Go to your school
  • On your phone
  • Newspapers

If you attended high school in Limpopo there are many ways you can receive your matric results.


On 16 January, The Department of Basic Education (DBE) released a statement saying that they will make matric results publicly available pending a court decision. This comes after much debate over the POPI Act and concerns that it is not being implemented correctly.

On 18 January 2022, the Pretoria High Court ruled that the Department of Basic Education must make matric results public. This means that students will be able to view their results on the Department of Basic Education website and that newspapers will be allowed to publish partial results.

In order to register on the Department website, you will need the following information: 

  • ID number
  • Exam number
  • Personal details

Steps to register to see your matric results online:

  1. Go to the Department of Basic Education 
  2. On right hand side (under quick links) click on “Examination results”
  3. Select 2021 NSC Exam Results
  4. On the “User LogIn” page, click register
  5. Fill in the form with all the correct details
  6. Click “Register” at the bottom of the page
  7. You will receive a confirmation message
  8. When results are released, on 21 January 2022, you need to login using the relevant information to see your results

Keep in mind that thousands of matric students are trying to use the website, so it may take a few minutes to load. The DBE website is zero-rated, you can access the site with or without data.

If you went to a private school, you can get your matric results on the IEB website.

Go to your school

This is the easiest and most common way for students to receive their results and collect their matric certificates.

On your phone

You can view your results on your phone either via SMS or USSD.

Steps to view your matric results via SMS:

  1. On your phone open a SMS message
  2. Type your ID number and exam number (make sure the two numbers are separated and that they are correct)
  3. Send the SMS to 35658
  4. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation SMS
  5. Your results will be sent by SMS

There is a once-off registration fee of R3. Free SMSes do not apply.

Steps to follow when using USSD:

  1. Dial *120*35658# 
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Enter your ID number
  4. Your results will be released per subject


On 21 January 2022, all major newspapers will publish matric results for the class of 2021. The full results will not be published, only your examination number and the symbol you received will be published.

What the matric symbols mean for you

Matric Symbol What the symbol means
B – Bachelors Pass Provisional entry into any university or degree course
D – Diploma Able to study at a Technikon or study a diploma course
HC – Higher Certificate Provisional entry into any college or certificate course
F – Fail Exams need to be rewritten in order to pursue further studies

If you are not sure on how to get your results in Limpopo contact the Limpopo Department of Education.

What time are matric results coming out?

The exact time of release is not the same for all platforms. Newspapers get delivered in the early hours of the morning. 

Results online will most likely be made available from 9am onwards and schools will be releasing matric certificates to learners as soon as the school day starts on 21 January.

Credit: Department of Basic Education official Twitter account.

Credit: Department of Basic Education official Twitter account.

Limpopo Matric Results 2020

Limpopo is one of the provinces that struggles the most with education. Battling at the bottom of the provincial The matric pass rate in 2020 for Limpopo was 68%. This is down from the 73% that they scored last year which was their highest score in over 10 years.

An overview of Matric results in Limpopo over the past ten years 

Limpopo Matric Results 2010 – 2020

  • 2010: 58%
  • 2011: 64%
  • 2012: 67%
  • 2013: 72%
  • 2014: 73%
  • 2015: 66%
  • 2016: 63%
  • 2017: 67%
  • 2018: 71%
  • 2019: 73%
  • 2020: 68%

Matric Results 2020 Released from Jan Badenhorst

Limpopo Quality of Passes

Of the 78 695 students that wrote 29.1% received Bachelor’s Degree Passes and 23.6% received Diploma passes. 15.4% of the matric class of 2020 received Higher Certificate passes and only 5 students passed with an NSC level.

Where To Find Your Matric Results As A Student In Limpopo

As a student in Limpopo, you have the following options when it comes to receiving your matric results:

  • The Department of Education 
  • Online
  • Your Cellphone 
  • Newspapers

Districts with the best Matric Results in Limpopo – 2019

The top-performing district in Limpopo for the 2019 matric results is the Vhembe East district with a pass rate of 81.5%.

Here are the top 4 districts with the highest matric results:

  • Vhembe East
  • Waterberg 2
  • Vhembe West
  • Capricorn South

Options If You Are Unhappy With Your Results 

It might happen that you are not happy with your matric results. You have until the 26th of March 2021 to apply for re-marking, re-checking or viewing of your examination paper. 

To apply, you must fill in an application form for re-checking and re-marking. You will be able to find these forms at any District offices and your respective school. These application forms will also be made available at examinations centres where students wrote.

The fees are structures as follows:

  • Re-mark: R120
  • Re-check: R29 
  • Viewing: R234 

Please keep in mind that a viewing of the exam paper can only be done after a re-mark or a re-check. The applications for this close 7 days after the release of the respective re-mark or re-check. 

Any candidate that is from a non-paying school or who have been granted a concession on school fee payments do not have to pay for the remarking of rechecking. 

Withheld Results 

Examination irregularities will mean that your matric results will be withheld. You can either:

  • Contact your school or district office and ask why your results are being withheld. 


  • You can appeal in writing and apply to write the May/June examinations. 


All students are given a second chance to write their matric exams in June 2021. This can be either because you want to improve your results or because you did not pass the first time. 

Students who were absent during the combined November examinations can also write at this time. Applications close on the 26th of March 2021. 

Author: Ofentse Malele