Matric Results 2021 - North West

Expecting the announcement of the 2021 National Matric Results, by the Department of Basic Education in the next few days, you can find all of the information with regards to your Matric Results right here.

North West Pass Results 2010 – 2021

    • 2010: 76%
    • 2011: 78%
    • 2012: 80%
    • 2013: 87%
    • 2014: 85%
    • 2015: 82%
    • 2016: 83%
    • 2017: 82%
    • 2018: 84%
    • 2019: 87%
    • 2020: 76%

2021: Matric Results will be released on 21 January 2022

What You Need To Know

The North West Department of Education has announced that although Covid-19 impacted the province during 2020 and 2021, the National Matric Examinations in the province did not suffer as a result. Declaring the marks captured in the province in accordance with National regulations as successfully completed, the department is ready to receive the results after the National announcement on the 20th of January 2022.

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

Important Dates For Your Matric Results

The North West 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 North West MEC for Education will announce the 2021 Provincial Matric Results on the 21st of January 2022. The location and time of the expected announcement have yet to be made public but is expected to be done by the end of the week. 

How Will The Results Be Made Public?

In a ruling by the Gauteng High Court on the 18th of January 2022, the decision by the Department of Basic Education to not publish matric results on public media platforms, was overturned. 

The Department of Basic Education announced on the 11th of January 2022 that due to concerns about the legality surrounding the publication of matric results, it would no longer be allowing this traditional practice to be done. It stated that publishing individual matric results, in newspapers for example, would be an overstepping of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

However, because of the decision by the Gauteng High Court, the publication of results would continue, as done in previous years.

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 choose 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: North West

The 2019 matric pass rate was 87%. Their matric pass rate in 2020 dropped to 76%. Despite the large difference, it was still a notable achievement with the COVID-19 circumstances.

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North West Matric Results 2020

The North West has been up and down with its matric results over the years. 

Luckily, 2019 saw the biggest increase in 6 years and ranked the province third nationally.

North West Matric Results 2010 – 2020

Here are the results from 2010-2019 plus a 2020 prediction by the CEO of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst.

  • 2010: 76%
  • 2011: 78%
  • 2012: 80%
  • 2013: 87%
  • 2014: 85%
  • 2015: 82%
  • 2016: 83%
  • 2017: 82%
  • 2018: 84%
  • 2019: 87%
  • 2020: 76%

North West Pass Rate 2016 – 2020.

North West Quality of Passes

This province only had 36 871 candidates writing the 2020 matric finals. Of these candidates:

  • 32.1% received Bachelor’s Degree Passes 
  • 27.1% received Diploma Passes 
  • 17% received Higher Certificate Passes 
  • 0% NSC Passes

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 North West and how to do it.

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

Find Your Matric Results.

Districts with the best Matric Results in North West – 2019

The top-performing district in the North West is the Bojanala Platinum district with a pass rate of 89.6%.

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

  • Bojanala Platinum
  • Dr. K Kaunda

Click here to read more about the top districts with the best matric results.

North West to Host the Release of the Results for the 2020 NSC

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