Matric Results 2021 - Gauteng

As the release date for the National Matric Results for 2021 comes closer, you can find all of the information regarding your Matric results right here.

Matric Pass Results for Gauteng 2010 – 2021:

    • 2010: 79%
    • 2011: 81%
    • 2012: 84%
    • 2013: 87%
    • 2014: 85%
    • 2015: 84%
    • 2016: 87%
    • 2017: 86%
    • 2018: 89%
    • 2019: 87%
    • 2020: 84%

2021: Will be released on 21 January 2022

What You Need To Know

Bearing the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic, Gauteng has faced unique challenges in the education field. Nevertheless the Gauteng Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education has risen to the occasion and the National Matric Examinations for 2021 were completed successfully.

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

Important Dates For Your Matric Results

The Gauteng 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?

The MEC for Education in Gauteng will announce the provincial Matric Results for the province in line with the national announcement on the 21st of January 2022. The location for the announcement has yet to be confirmed, as well as the expected time of the announcement.

How Will Your Results Be Made Public?

In line with regulations set forth by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), the National Department of Basic Education has announced in a statement on the 11th of January 2022 that no results will be published on any public media platform.

In the past students could view their results published in national Newspapers, identified by their ID number as well as their unique exam number. Seeing this as a contravention of the Protection of Personal Information Act, it was decided that this would no longer be done.

The Gauteng High Court ruled on Tuesday, 18 January 2022, that the results for the National Matric Examinations will be allowed to be published on public platforms. Thus students will still be able to get their general result as published in various Newspapers, etc.

How To Get Your 2021 Matric Results

Due to the changes announced by the Department of Basic Education regarding the publication of the National Matric Results for 2021 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.

Gauteng Matric Results – 2020

Gauteng managed to score second place in their provincial matric pass rate. Their 2020 matric pass rate was 84%, which was 3% lower than in 2019.

Gauteng Matric Results 2021

Gauteng has managed to keep its matric pass rate above 85% since 2016. This may be hampered by the impact that COVID-19 had on the 2020 academic year.

Gauteng Quality of Passes

Gauteng had the second-highest number of candidates at 110 191. 45.1% of them received Bachelor’s Degree Passes and 27.8% passed with a Diploma pass. 11 879 students got a Higher Certificate Pass making up 10.8% of the class of 2020. Finally, only 1 student received an NSC pass in Gauteng.

Where To Find Your Matric Results As A Student In Gauteng

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

  • The Department of Education in Gauteng
  • Online Platforms  
  • Your Mobile Device 
  • The Newspaper

Find Your Matric Results.

Districts with the best Matric Results in Gauteng – 2019

The top-performing district in Gauteng for the 2019 matric results is Tshwane South with a pass rate of 93.3%.

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

  • Tshwane South
  • Gauteng North 
  • Tshwane North
  • Sedibeng East

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: Morne Van Emmenis