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Matric Results Pass Results 2016 - 2021

    • 2010: 79%
    • 2011: 81%
    • 2012: 84%
    • 2013: 87%
    • 2014: 85%
    • 2015: 84%
    • 2016: 87%
    • 2017: 86%
    • 2018: 89%
    • 2019: 87%
    • 2020: 84%
    • 2021: 76%

Matric Pass Rate 2021 Per Province

Matric Results Release Dates


The national matric results for public school learners who wrote matric in 2021 have been announced to be released on 21 January 2022.

Learners in private schools will receive their Independent Education Board (IEB) results a day before, on 20 January 2022.

This is due to Umalusi approving the exam results on 14 January 2022 for them to be released on the expected dates.

Pass Rates


The Department of Education has confirmed that the pass requirements for obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree Pass remain the same. 

The 30% pass rate that applies to matric subjects means that a learner with these marks will pass matric. The 30% pass rate does not apply to getting a Bachelor’s Degree Pass.

Bachelor’s Degree Pass Requirements

Your APS for a Bachelor’s Degree will look like this:

  • A minimum APS of 3 in your Home Language
  • A minimum APS of 4 in four other High Credit subjects
  • A minimum APS of 2 in two other subjects
  • A total minimum APS of 23

You can use the following APS calculator to determine your Average Point Score.

Your Exam Results will look like this:

  • A minimum of 40% in your Home Language
  • A minimum of 50% in four other High Credit subjects
  • A minimum of 30% in two other subjects

The 30% Pass Requirement


Since the 2021 academic year was filled with a number of challenges, the pass rate for matric was lowered to 30%. These challenges included Eskom blackouts, a constantly changing school calendar, the increased number of NSC students, as well as the impact of COVID-19.

No More Exam Results On Public Platforms


The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has determined that matric exam results will not be published on any social media platforms. This decision was largely based on the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

The department released a statement declaring that publishing information such as matric exam results would pose a breach of the act. Once results are released on 21 January 2022, results will be made available through corresponding schools and on the DBE website.

The above however has been overturned by the Gauteng High Court in a ruling made on the 18th of January 2022. The court has decided that it would not be an overstepping of the regulations of The Protection of Personal Information Act to publish Matric Results on public media platforms such as newspapers. 

This means that, as was done in previous years, the Department of Basic Education is allowed to release results to be published for public viewing.

Results Corresponding To Student ID Numbers


The DBE stated that learners will have to obtain their matric results from the school they attended by giving their student ID numbers. This will protect each learner’s personal information regarding their NSC 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.

Prediction For 2021 Exam Results


The difficult circumstances of matric students who did their studies during the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival has proven to influence the expected exam results.

The average matric pass rate in 2018 was 78.2%. 2019 showed a rise in the matric pass rate with an average of 81.3% matric students obtaining their matric certificate. When the COVID-19 pandemic became an issue in 2020, the overall matric pass level dropped to 76.2%.

The Managing Director of Naptosa, Basil Manuel, stated that it would be highly unlikely to see an increase in matric pass rates for 2021 and that the best outcome would be exam results that are similar to the pass levels of 2020.

Student Statistics for 2021


A total of 733 746 NSC exam registrations were made in 2021. This is the largest number of NSC exam registrations compared to the last few years.

The statistics show a number of 123 487 more full-time candidates and a number of 46 942 more part-time candidates registered to write the NSC exam in 2021.

The registered NSC exam candidates presented a total of 700 604 learners who actually wrote their matric exams. This amounts to a total of 4.5% of students who did not show up for their exams, a very low percentage when compared to the past few years.

How to Register for Matric Results Via SMS – 2022


You can follow these steps to register for getting your matric results via SMS:

  1. Open a blank SMS on your phone
  2. Fill in your ID number and your exam number as the body of the message (note that both numbers must be 13 digits long to be accepted)
  3. Send your SMS to: 35658
  4. Use your airtime to pay the once-off R3.00 to send your SMS (free SMS is not applicable)
  5. Your numbers will be checked – if you gave the incorrect numbers, the process will not work
  6. Receive your exam results on 21 January 2022

Gauteng Matric Results (2010 – 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.

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

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.

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’s matric pass rate for 2016 was an improvement on their 85% pass rate in 2015. Coming in third place nationally, Gauteng scored a matric pass rate of 87% in 2016.

Despite coming in third place, Gauteng had the most bachelor passes in South Africa for their 2016 year.


The Gauteng class of 2017 performed well above the national average. 

In 2017, the national average sat at a 75.1%  matric pass rate whilst the Gauteng pass rate sat 11% higher.


2018 was a great year for the Gauteng matric pass rate. 

Up by 2 percent, Gauteng saw a record high pass rate of 89% in 2018. This was also a great year for South African matrics overall, with no provinces receiving less than 60% matric pass rates. 


Slipping into second place nationally, Gauteng saw a decrease in their matric pass rate by 2 percent. This put Gauteng 6% above the national average matric pass rate at 87%. 

It was however a great year for the districts of Gauteng. Taking 6 of the top spots, South Africa saw Gauteng’s notable districts paving the way for future matrics.  


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.

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: Gauteng


  • 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 Gauteng 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 7 September 2021.

Author: Karla Nortier
Editor: Shirley Talana
Last Updated: 17 February 2022