Free State Pass Results 2010 - 2021

    • 2010: 71%
    • 2011: 76%
    • 2012: 81%
    • 2013: 87%
    • 2014: 82%
    • 2015: 82%
    • 2016: 88%
    • 2017: 90%
    • 2018: 91%
    • 2019: 88%
    • 2020: 85%

2021: Waiting for the matric results to be released

With the matric results being released soon, many students have questions about the changes in approach for 2022. There is no need to fret, we have all of the information you need.

Release Dates For Matric Results

The national matric results for 2021 students will be released on 21 January 2022 for public school learners.

Private school learners will receive their Independent Education Board (IEB) matric results on 20 January 2022.

The matric results were approved by Umalusi on 14 January 2022, making the results ready for release on their expected dates.

Matric Pass Rates

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has lowered the matric pass rate to 30% for each subject. It is, however, important to note that the requirements for getting a Bachelor’s Degree Pass will remain the same – the 30% pass rate has no impact on the Bachelor’s Pass requirements.

Requirements For A Bachelor’s Degree Pass

In order to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree Matric Pass, you will need an Average Point Score (APS) with the following results:

  • Home Language – minimum APS of 3
  • Four High Credit subjects (excluding your Home Language) – minimum APS of 4
  • Two other subjects – minimum APS of 2
  • A minimum APS of 23 in total

You can use this APS calculator to calculate your Average Point Score.

With a Bachelor’s Pass, your exam results will have to adhere to the following:

  • Home Language – minimum of 40%
  • Four other High Credit Subjects – minimum of 50%
  • Two other subjects – minimum of 30%

The 30% Pass Requirement

The pass rate for matric in 2021 was lowered to 30%. As the DBE stated, this was largely due to the unusual challenges faced within this year. This includes Eskom blackouts, the school calendar changing constantly, the increase in NSC students for the year, and the overall impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matric Results Release On Public Platforms

In a statement released by the Department of Basic Education on the 11th of January 2022, it was announced that due to concerns over the regulations found within the Protection of Personal Information Act, it would no longer publish results on public media platforms.

The department stated that publishing matric exam results – which is essentially personal information – would be a breach of the POPI Act. However, this decision was challenged by several education and civil rights groups, who turned to the Gauteng High Court in a bid to have this choice reversed.

In a direct contrast with the decision made by the Department of Basic Education on the 11th of January 2022, the Gauteng High Court ruled on the 18th of January 2022, that it would allow for the publication of results on public media platforms. It stated that the publication of results in newspapers could go ahead as done in the past.

Getting Your Results With Your Student ID Number

Learners will be required to obtain their matric exam results from their school by presenting their student ID number. This will protect the personal information of each student regarding their National Senior Certificate outcome.

Students however can, as of the 18th of January 2022, still view their results on public media platforms, according to the decision made by the Gauteng High Court.

2021 Exam Results Prediction

As expected, the unfortunate circumstances for matrics 2021 will influence the expected NSC results.

The average pass rate for matrics of 2018 was 78.2%. In 2019, the matric pass rate rose to an average of 81.3%. When the COVID-19 pandemic surfaced in 2020, the matric pass rate dropped to 76.2%.

Naptosa’s Managing Director, Basil Manuel, has stated that it is unlikely that there will be an increase in the amount of matrics who pass in 2021. He mentions that the best outcome would be exam results similar to the pass levels of 2020.

Statistics For 2021 Students

In total, there were 733 746 registrations for the NSC exams in 2021. Compared to the past few years, this shows a big increase in NSC students.

Out of the total registrations, 123 487 more full-time candidates and 46 942 more part-time candidates were registered to write the final NSC exam in 2021.

Out of the registered NSC exam candidates, 700 604 learners wrote the matric exams. This means that 4.5% of the registered students did not write their exams. This is a very low percentage when compared to previous years.

Registration For Matric Results Via SMS – 2022

You can receive your matric results via SMS by following these steps:

  1. Open a blank SMS draft
  2. Fill in your personal ID information and your student exam number as the body of the message (note that both numbers must be 13 digits long)
  3. Send your SMS to: 35658
  4. Pay the once-off R3.00 fee by using your airtime (free SMS does not apply)
  5. Your numbers will be processed – if the digits are incorrect, the process will not work
  6. Receive your matric exam results on 21 January 2022

Free State Matric Results (2010 – 2020)

Here are the matric results from 2010-2020:

  • 2010: 71%
  • 2011: 76%
  • 2012: 81%
  • 2013: 87%
  • 2014: 82%
  • 2015: 82%
  • 2016: 88%
  • 2017: 90%
  • 2018: 91%
  • 2019: 88%
  • 2020: 85%

Free State Quality of Passes

A total of 27 928 students wrote their 2020 matric finals in the Free State. 40.4% of these students received Bachelor’s Degree Passes. 31.3% of the class of 2020 for Diploma Passes and 13.4% received a Higher Certificate pass. There were no NSC passes for the Free State.


In 2016, the Free State was named the top performing province. Having the highest matric pass rate, the Free State saw a 88% pass rate. This was a 6% improvement on the year before.

The 2016 grade 12 group was the largest group to ever write matric finals. Even so, the Free State was labeled The Province to Beat for the 2017 matriculants. 


Again in 2017 the Free State remained the top performing province, with a pass rate of 90%.


2018 saw a pass rate of 91%, taking first place yet again.


With an impressive 88% pass rate, the Free State began developing an impressive trajectory. Yet again, the Free State was ranking first in all 9 provinces. Once again the province to beat. 


As the top-performing province in 2020, the matric pass rate in the Free State was 85%. This is only a 3% drop from their 88% pass rate last year. 

Matric Results 2020 Released from Jan Badenhorst

When will you get your results?

IEB results: February 19 2021

National Senior Certificate results for all provinces except Western Cape: 6am on February 23 2021

National Senior Certificate results for Western Cape: 5am on February 24 2021

Get your Matric Results from your School or Exam Centre

Your full Statement of Results will be available at your school or exam centre on 23 February 2021, but remember:

  1. Social distancing
  2. Wear a mask!
  3. Follow covid safety rules at your school

The IEB (Independent Examinations Board) Matric Exam results for the Matric Class of 2020 will be released on Friday, 19 February 2021.

IEB Matric students can get their results as follows:

How to get your Matric Results via SMS 2021: Free State

  • Step 1: Open a new SMS message on your phone
  • Step 2: Fill in your ID Number AND Exam Number as the message
  • Step 3: Both numbers must have 13 digits to be accepted
  • Step 4: Send the SMS to this number: 35658
  • Step 5: Note that the SMS will cost R3,00 (Free SMS does not apply)
  • Step 6: Your exam number and ID number will be checked – if you send incorrect numbers it won’t work
  • Step 7: You will get your results once they are made available on 23 February 2021

Newspapers Where You Can Find Your Matric Results

Finding your matric results in the newspaper is one of the most traditional ways of doing it. All you need to do is make sure that you have the correct paper.

Here are the newspapers in Free State that will have all the 2020 matric results:

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 rechecking and remarking. 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: Karla Nortier