Matric Results 2021 - Free State

After the successful completion of the 2021 National Matric Examinations, the Department of Basic Education is set to announce the results to the public in the coming days. Here is all of the information you need regarding the results of the 2021 Matric Results.

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: Matric results will be released on 21 January 2022

What You Need To Know

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to be present in South Africa, the Free State Department of Education has confirmed that there were no reported concerns or issues during the 2021 Matric Examinations. With the successful completion of the exams in the province the Department has confirmed their readiness to release the results to the public.

Here is all of the need to know information regarding the National Matric Examinations for 2021:

Important Dates For Your Matric Results

The Free State Department of Education has confirmed the following dates regarding the National Senior Certificate Examinations for the province:

  • Start of Marking Process – 08 December 2021
  • End of Marking Process – 22 December 2021
  • Results Delivered for Capturing – 27 December 2021
  • Release of Results – 21 January 2022

Where Will The Results Be Announced?

Although the location and the expected time of the announcement regarding the provincial Matric Examination results have still to be made, the Free State Department of Education MEC will announce the results on the 21st of January 2022.

How Will Your Results Be Made Public?

In a statement released by the Department of Basic Education on the 11th of January 2022, it announced that it would no longer be allowing the publication of individual matric results on public media platforms

The department stated the publication of results, as was done in previous years, by news outlets and in newspapers, would be a transgression of the regulations of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

However, on the 18th of January 2022, the Gauteng High Court made a ruling, in which it ordered the Department of Basic Education to continue with the planned publication of results. The court stated that it did not view the publication as an overstepping of the POPI Act. Thus the normal publication of results on public media platforms will go ahead as normal.

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

Note: You will only receive your results per subject if you chose to ‘Opt-in’ for the USSD system when prompted. If you chose to ‘Opt-out’ your results will not be sent to you via the USSD system.


Students can also register 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.


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.

Matric Results 2020: Free State

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.

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Free State Matric Results 2020

The Free State has kept its pass rate above 80% since 2016. With 2019 being the highest, they remain the province to beat with the 2020 matric results.

Speaking to educational professional Jan Badenhorst, these are his predictions of how the 2020 matric results will pan out.

“The Free State has a history of very strong matric results.

So I hope that the impact of the pandemic is not as big in Free State schools as it will be in most of the other provinces. My prediction is that their results will drop to around 86%.”

Free State Matric Results 2010 – 2020

Here are the matric results from 2010-2019, plus a 2020 prediction.

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

Free State Pass Rate 2016 – 2020.

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.

Where To Find Your Matric Results As A Student In Free State

Here are a few options of where to find your matric results in The Free State and how to do it.

  •  Department of Education
  • Online
  • Your School 
  • The Newspaper 
  • DOE

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Districts with the best Matric Results in Free State – 2019

The top-performing district in the Free State is Fezile Dabi, achieving a pass rate of 90.3%.

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

  • Fezile Dabi
  • Xhariep
  • Motheo
  • Lejweleputswa

Click here to read more about the top districts with the best 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 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, OR
  • 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: Morné van Emmenis