Matric Results Release Date Is Expected on 21 January 2022

The countdown for thousands of matriculants has truly just begun, with only 3 days left until matric results are released and the class of 2021 knows their fate.

How matric results will be released is set to change

On 1 July 2021, the POPI Act came into effect. The purpose of the act is to ensure that all South African institutions do not violate your privacy as consumers or as citizens by collecting and sharing your information without permission. 

For over 50 years, matric results were published in newspapers and it was how many learners saw their results, however, because of the POPI Act the way matric results will be published in newspapers is going to change. On 21 January, only your exam number and the symbol you received will be released publicly.

How do I get my matric results in 2022?

  • Online
  • Via SMS
  • Go To Your School
  • Newspapers

There are many ways for learners to get their results as soon as they are released.


The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has stated that they will abide by the court ruling to make matric results available online to students who have registered on their website. 

The Western Cape Education Department was the first to announce that they will be allowing Western Cape matriculants to view their results online, regardless of the POPI Act. 

On 18 January, the Pretoria High Court ruled that the DBE must make matric results publicly available, allowing students across the country to view their results on the Department of Basic Education website.

In order to register on the Department website, you will need the following information: 

  • ID number
  • Exam number
  • Personal details

Steps to register to see your matric results online:

  1. Go to the Department of Basic Education 
  2. On right hand side (under quick links) click on “Examination results”
  3. Select 2021 NSC Exam Results
  4. On the “User LogIn” page, click register
  5. Fill in the form with all the correct details
  6. Click “Register” at the bottom of the page
  7. You will receive a confirmation message
  8. When results are released, on 21 January 2022, you need to login using the relevant information to see your results

Via sms: 

If you are unable to go online to see your results, you can simply send your ID number and exam number (both are 13-digit numbers) via SMS to 35658 to receive your results. There is a once-off registration fee of R3.

Steps to receive results via SMS:

  1. On your phone open a SMS message
  2. Type your ID number and exam number (make sure the two numbers are separated and that they are correct)
  3. Send the SMS to 35658
  4. Your results will be delivered by SMS

You can also use the USSD service by dialing *120*35658# and answer the questions. After you have answered the questions and confirmed your information, you will receive results per subject. 

Go to your school:

You can also get your results at your high school, schools will be open for learners to collect their matric certificates. 


On 21 January 2022, all major newspapers will publish matric results for the class of 2021. The full results will not be published, only your examination number and the symbol you received will be published.

What pass levels mean for you

Matric Symbol What the symbol means
B – Bachelors Pass Provisional entry into any university or degree course
D – Diploma Able to study at a Technikon or study a diploma course
HC – Higher Certificate Provisional entry into any college or certificate course
F – Fail Exams need to be rewritten in order to pursue further studies

2021 Matric Results

With the matric exams starting on the 27th of October 2021, and IEB assessments starting on the 13th of September 2021, students are anticipating the release date for their final marks.

Find out below when the results will be released.

2022 Release Date For Matric Results

A national announcement was made in Pretoria, that the 2021 Matric Results is expected to be released on the 20th of January 2022.

The director of Public Examinations and Assessment at the Department, Priscilla Ogunbanjo, says that all the marks will be captured by the 22th of December 2021. 

The standardization process will then take place up until the 6th of January 2021. This is to check that all tests are done fairly and that standards have been met.

After this process the announcement will be made by the 20th and it will then be released by the 21st of January 2021.

IEB Exam Release Date

The IEB Results will also  be released at the end of January 2022.

When Will The Exams Be Written

The Matric exams will be written on the 27th of October 2021 and the last day will be on the 7th of December 2021. The minister of education announced that 735 677 full-time students will write the exams in 2021. This is an increase of 128 4451 students.

Rebooting The System

The minister of education, Angie Motshekga says that all matric learners should take advantage of learning and teaching support material,  this includes the support from the Woza Matric Campaign.

Furthermore, the minister urges all South Africans to play a direct role in rebooting the basic education system.

When we are rebooting the system we should make sure that the basic needs are being met. This includes teachers and learners being on time for school and teachers should create a safe environment for learners.

Society, including community members should commit to a better learning environment even if it means that small and enviable schools should be closed.

The focus in the senior phase is for students to read with understanding.

Minister Of Education Talks About Upcoming 2021 Matric Exams

2020 Matric Results


Huge Drop in Matric Results

After the most difficult year for matrics, the results of the Matric Class of 2020 are down by 5% when compared to last year.

The matric results dropped from 81,3% in 2019 to 76.2% in 2020.

A number of  experts have predicted that covid will have a big impact on the matric results. But students and teachers still hoped that all the extra work they did would deliver the same results as the previous year.

Matric Class of 2020 pass rates per province:
  • Free State: 85.1%
  • Gauteng: 83.8%
  • Northern Cape: 66%
  • Western Cape: 79%
  • North West: 76.2%
  • Limpopo: 68.2%
  • Mpumalanga: 73.7%
  • Eastern Cape: 68.1%
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 77.6%
Different Passes – Matric Results 2020
  • Bachelor Degree Passes: 36.4%
  • Diploma Passes: 26%
  • Higher Certificate Passes: 13.7%
  • NCS Passes: 0.01%

Students and teachers voiced their disappointment. And some shared their concerns about the bombshell from NSFAS that they plan to defund a number of qualifications, amongst them Teacher and Nursing qualifications.

The Department of Basic Education announces the matric results 2020

Live briefing from the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga – Matric Results 2020, including grade 12 student interviews.

How to check your matric results on the Department of Basic Education Website

Students will be able to access their matric results online. This will take place on various platforms. To access the matric results on the Department of Education’s website, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the Department of Basic Education website.
  • Step 2: Register using your details. (Please note you can only register for matric results until February 22nd the day before the marks are released). 
  • Step 3: Click on the link for 2020 NSC exam results. 
  • Step 4: Enter your examination number. 
  • Step 5: Your results will appear on the screen. 
  • Step 6: Click the download button and print. 

How to get your matric results via SMS

  • Step 1: Open a new SMS message on your phone
  • Step 2: Fill in your Exam Number as the message
  • Step 3: Send the SMS to this number: 45856
  • Step 4: Note that the SMS will cost R3,00 (Free SMS does not apply)
  • Step 5: Your exam number will be checked – if you send an incorrect exam number it won’t work
  • Step 6: You will get your results once they are made available on 23 February 202

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 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 examination centers where students wrote.

The fees are structured 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. 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 or rechecking. 

Withheld Results


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. 

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. 

Matric Results – How are they getting calculated? Am I getting 10% Extra?


Jan Badenhorst explained how the matric results are being calculated and answered some questions on this topic in a Live Stream Video.

Missed the Live Streaming Event? We have it right here:

Live Stream Video Discussion Points:

Subject marks can be subject to a 10% addition or deduction by Umalusi. This will only occur if the average of the subject is very different from previous years.

The addition and deduction work as 10% of the value of the mark you received, not 10% overall. For instance, if you got 50%, 10% of 50 is 5.

That means 5 per cent will be added to a chosen subject mark. Watch the live stream to get a deeper understanding of the matric results.

For any students who attended private schools that were part of IEB, the same steps apply on the IEB website when the results are released. 

The online news platform, News24 has a webpage dedicated to the matric results. As soon as your results are released, they will be posted here for anybody to see. 

Matric College is also a worthy news source that will release the 2020 matric results on its website as soon as they are made public. This is another way to find your results as soon as they are released.

Jan Badenhorst, Education Specialist, answers all your questions about your matric results

Past Matric Results:

Past matric results are a great way to see how education in the country is improving. Here are the matric pass rates from 2010-2020.

Department of Basic Education

  • 2010: 68% pass rate
  • 2011: 70% pass rate
  • 2012: 74% pass rate
  • 2013: 78% pass rate
  • 2014: 76% pass rate
  • 2015: 71% pass rate
  • 2016: 73% pass rate 
  • 2017: 75% pass rate 
  • 2018: 78% pass rate 
  • 2019: 81% pass rate 
  • 2020: 76% pass rate


  • 2010: 98.38% pass rate
  • 2011: 98.15% pass rate
  • 2012: 98.20% pass rate
  • 2013: 98.56% pass rate
  • 2014: 98.38% pass rate
  • 2015: 98.30% pass rate
  • 2016: 98.67% pass rate
  • 2017: 98.76% pass rate
  • 2018: 98.92% pass rate
  • 2019: 98.82% pass rate
  • 2020: 98.07% pass rate

Click here for more info: Matric Results From 2016 – 2020 

Matric Results 2020 Released from Jan Badenhorst

IEB 2020 Matric Results Released


The 2020 IEB Matric Results have been released. The IEB averaged a total of 98.07% for their matric finals. 

Although the pass rate for 2020 was lower than in 2019, the IEB matriculants were still able to stay within the same 98 percentile range. This is an incredible achievement for the IEB with all the school days that were missed due to COVID-19. 

The pandemic and fewer school days have not seemed to make much of an impact on the IEB matric results of 2020.

Whilst this is the lowest that we have seen the IEB matric results for some time, the IEB pass rate has not dropped below 98% for over 10 years.  

  • 88.42% of IEB matrics from the year 2020 achieved Bachelor’s Degree passes: This is slightly lower than the 89.51% of BD passes in 2019.
  • 8.14% of the 2020 IEB matrics achieved a diploma pass. In 2019, the number of diploma passes were lower at 7.91%. 
  • 1.51% of the IEB class of 2020 achieved higher certificate passes. 1.4% of the IEB matrics of 2019 received a higher certificate pass.

Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College takes us through the IEB Matric Results released in 2020

Provincial Matric Results From 2016 – 2020:

Each province has a different track record when it comes to the matric results. Here is a breakdown of all the matric results from each of the 9 provinces. 

Click on the links below to view the provincial results:

  • Eastern Cape
  • Free State
  • Gauteng
  • KwaZulu Natal
  • Limpopo
  • Mpumalanga
  • Northern Cape
  • North West
  • Western Cape

The National Announcement of the 2020 Matric Results


The Minister of Education, Angie Motshekga and her Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule invite the public to join the announcement of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Results for the Class of 2020. 

This event will take place online due to COVID-19 regulation. However, a limited number of guests have been invited to the live announcement at a venue in Pretoria. 

This event will take place on the 22nd of February at 16:00. You can access it on the Department of Basic Education Facebook page, YouTube channel and TV and radio stations.

When does the Matric Results come out?


Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College talks about the release of the Matric results in the video below.

Where Can I Find My Matric Results?

Here is where you can find your matric results in February 2021: 

  • The Department of Education 
  • Online 
  • Your Mobile Device 

Your Mobile Device

In this day and age, we are all constantly on our smartphones. Luckily, there are two ways that you can access your matric results straight on your cell phone. You can either do this via: 

  • SMS
  • USSD


If you register beforehand, you will be able to get your matric results via SMS. All you have to do is:

  • Step 1: Open a new SMS message on your phone
  • Step 2: Fill in your Exam Number as the message
  • Step 3: Send the SMS to this number: 45856
  • Step 4: Note that the SMS will cost R3,00 (Free SMS does not apply)
  • Step 5: Your exam number will be checked – if you send an incorrect exam number it won’t work
  • Step 6: You will get your results once they are made available on 23 February 2021
  • Newspapers and News Sites


USSD is a quick and easy way for you to get your matric results. If you do not want to go online or use an SMS, this might be the best way for you. 

  • Dial this number on your phone *120*35658#
  • You will be required to answer some multiple-choice questions. 
  • Enter your ID and examination number.


All the matric results will be in the newspaper just after their release. Many people still use the newspaper to find out their final matriculation results. 

Next to your examination number in the newspaper will be a BD or a D. BD means that you have obtained a Bachelor’s Degree pass, whilst the latter means that you achieved a diploma pass. 

Depending on your province, you will have different newspapers that will have these results.

Click on your province to find out where you can find your 2020 Matric Results or read the full article here

  • Gauteng 
  • Eastern Cape
  • Western Cape 
  • Mpumalanga
  • North West 
  • Free State 
  • Northern Cape 
  • Limpopo 
  • KwaZulu Natal

Get your Matric Results from your School or Exam Centre

Your full Statement of Results will be available at your school or exam centre, 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 was released on Friday, 19 February 2021.

IEB Matric students can get their results as follows:

Understanding Your Results

When you get your matric results, you must understand how to read them. 

Your Pass Level

When you pass matric, there are a few pass levels you can achieve that will determine how you passed your year. These include:

  • Bachelor Degree Pass
  • Diploma Pass
  • Higher Certificate Pass 
  • NCS Pass

Bachelor Degree Pass

To meet a BD pass, you need:

  • An APS score of 4 in at least 4 high credit subjects 
  • An APS score of 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of 2 in any 2 other subjects  
  • A total APS score of 23

Diploma Pass

To meet a diploma pass you need:

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 4 high credit subjects 
  • An APS score of 2 in any other 2 subjects 
  • A total APS score of 19

Higher Certificate Pass

To meet an HC pass, you need:

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 2 other subjects 
  • An APS score of 2 in 3 other subjects
  • A total APS score of 15 

NSC Pass

To get an NSC pass, you need: 

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 2 other subjects
  • An APS score of 2 in 4 other subjects
  • A total APS score of 14

You can find an APS calculator here to ensure that you calculate the correct APS.

When did the 2021 School Year Start?

The academic school year was supposed to start on the 25th of January, however, due to the second wave of the coronavirus, schools will now start on the 15th of February. Teachers will return to school on the 1st of February. 

See the Department of Education press release here.

Back To School

Schools can expect to return to normal from 15 February 2021.  The National Teachers’ Union (NATU) does not believe that the Department of Basic Education is ready to implement all necessary COVID-19 precautions. 

They called the DBE to “think carefully” about the decision to reopen schools. 

NATU believes that once students go back to school from various holiday locations, schools will turn into ‘super spreader’ events. 

A study was done that found 53% of South African believe that children should not be returning to school this month due to the rising number of coronavirus cases. 

Keeping Safe Whilst At School

If the DBE does indeed decide to re-open schools on the 27th of January, here are a few precautionary measures that can be taken:

  • Social distancing must be practised amongst students. 
  • Face masks must be worn at all times. 
  • Hand sanitiser must be kept by each student to ensure clean hands.
  • Stationary and other objects must not be shared. If they are, they must be well sanitised between use. 

University Admissions & 2020 Matric Results

The spokesperson for the Department of Education, Elijah Mhlanga said: “The late release of the results will not jeopardise their admissions to higher education institutions.”

This was to ensure that students would rest assured that they would still get the chance to apply to a tertiary institution. 

Watch the Higher Education brief below:

University Starting Dates

While still subject to change, universities will start opening in March of 2021 with the exception of one university opening in April.

Frequently Asked Questions

Jan Badenhorst, Education Specialist, answers all your questions about your 2020 matric results. Click here

Here are a few more FAQs and answers to guide you:

When are the matric results released 2021?

The matric results will be released on the 23rd of February 2021. 

When will the matric results 2020 IEB be released?

The matric results will be released on the 23rd of February 2021

How to get results online 2021

Click here to find out how to get your results online 

Can I view matric certificate online?

No, you will get a printer matric certificate for the Department of Education.

Register for Matric Results 2021 

Click here to learn how to register. 

How to get matric results 2021?

Click here to find out how to access your results. 

When are matric results released 2021?

The matric results will be released on the 23rd of February 2021

What are the university opening dates for 2021?

Click here to find out more.

Author: Ofentse Malele