Matric Results 2021 – Western Cape

As the announcement of the National Matric Results for 2021 is expected to take place soon, you can find all of the information regarding the release of your results, right here.

Western Cape Matric Results 2010 – 2021

    • 2010: 77%
    • 2011: 83%
    • 2012: 83%
    • 2013: 85%
    • 2014: 83%
    • 2015: 85%
    • 2016: 88%
    • 2017: 84%
    • 2018: 83%
    • 2019: 82%
    • 2020: 80%
  • 2021: To Be Announced on 21 January 2022

What You Need To Know

With the Western Cape province experiencing many of the most difficult challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Western Cape Department of Education has announced that the strategies and policies they put in place to soften the blow of the pandemic on the schooling system were effective and that during the 2021 National Matric Examinations there had been no issues.

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

Important Dates For Your Matric Results

The Western Cape 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 Western Cape Department of Education has released a statement announcing that the MEC for Education for the Province would be announcing the Provincial Results for the 2021 National Matric Examinations on the 21st of January 2022. It also stated that the location and time of the announcement has yet to be confirmed.

How Will The Results Be Made Public?

As announced by the Department of Basic Education, on the 11th of January 2022, it would not be releasing any matric results for publication on or by any public media platform. This would include news outlets and newspapers not being allowed to publish individual results as was tradition.

The reasoning for this decision, stated by the department as being a possible overstepping of the regulations of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). In the announcement by the department it said that the normal publication of results constitutes a breach of the POPI Act, and thus it would no longer release results for publishing.

However, the Gauteng High Court, after hearing challenging statements by several educational boards and civil rights groups, ruled that it was ordering the publication of results to go ahead as planned. The court stated that doing so would not contravene the POPI Act, and thus the normal publication of results would continue. It would however only be students who provided express consent to have their results published who would see it done.

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: Western Cape

The third highest provincial matric average in 2020 was the Western Cape at 80%. The 2019 matric pass rate in the province was 82%.

Western Cape Matric Results 2020

The Western Cape has been able to keep its matriculant pass rate over 80% between the years 2016 and 2019. 

The Western Cape has also managed to have the highest retention rate for grades 10 to 12 at over 60%. Here are some predictions for Western Cape’s matric class, made by education Specialist, Jan Badenhorst.

“The Western Cape’s education system has been the most robust through the covid pandemic. They were able to keep their school feeding programmes going. And they were quick to help kids study from home. I still think there will be an impact on their numbers. But not as big an impact as in the other provinces. I predict a drop to 80%.”

Western Cape Matric Results 2010 – 2020

As one of the top performing provinces, this is how the Western Cape fared between 2010 and 2020.

  • 2010: 77%
  • 2011: 83%
  • 2012: 83%
  • 2013: 85%
  • 2014: 83%
  • 2015: 85%
  • 2016: 88%
  • 2017: 84%
  • 2018: 83%
  • 2019: 82%
  • 2020: 80%

Western Cape Pass Rate 2016 – 2020.

Western Cape Quality of Passes

The Western Cape had 51 663 candidates writing their matric finals in 2020. These candidates made up the following passes:

  • 43.8% Bachelor’s Degree Passes 
  • 24.1% Diploma Passes
  • 11.9% Higher Certificate Passes
  •  0% NSC Passes

Where To Find Your Matric Results As A Student In Western Cape

If you are a matric student in the Western Cape, you can access your matric results in these ways when they are released in 2021:

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

Districts with the best Matric Results in Western Cape – 2019 

The top-performing district in Western Cape for 2019 is the Metro North district with a pass rate of 86.3%.

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

  • Metro North 
  • Overberg
  • Eden & Central Karoo
  • West Coast

2020 Matric Results Release

2020 Grade 12 exam results will be available at 12pm on Tuesday, 23 February 2021, at school and exam centres, and online.

Options If You Are Unhappy With Your Results 

It might happen that you are not happy with your matric results. You can 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 structured as follows and are subject to change in 2022:

  • 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 May and June 2022. 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. 

Author: Morné van Emmenis
Editor: Chloe Bydawell 
Date Published: February, 2, 2022

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