What if I don’t pass – what does this mean for my future. Do I have options?

What if I don’t pass – what does this mean for my future. Do I have options? 1

Every matriculant does their best to complete their studies at school by passing their final exams. However, not all matriculants pass their Grade 12 year and there are various reasons for this. After failing matric, you may believe that you no longer have a future and that there no options available to and for you. This is not true!

Why did you fail?

Before you can consider what these different options are, you have to find out what the reasons were that caused you to fail. Some questions that you can ask yourself include:

  • Did you think the exams would be easy?
  • Did you spend more time socializing with friends or watching TV?
  • Did you manage your time effectively by constantly keeping up to date with your studies or did you study at the last minute?
  • Did you give up and thought, “what’s the point”?
  • Did you study hard enough?

Once you honestly answer the above questions, you can start thinking about what options are available to you.

So, what can you do after failing your matric exams? Here are some options:

    1. You can apply to have your paper re-marked. You will have to pay a fee in order to have your paper re-marked. However, if you believe that you deserve better marks than what you obtained, re-marking may be a good option to take.
    2. You can write supplementary exams if you have failed less than three subjects. Unlike remarking of matric papers, supplementary exams are free. Visit education.gov.za for more information.
    3. Redoing your matric is another alternative. It is important to contact your school to explore what your enrolment options are or you can ask to be transferred to a private institution (e.g. Abbot College, Intec or Damelin) to re-do your matric. You can also join the Second Chance Program, which is free of charge. Visit here for more information.
    4. You may not be keen on the idea of re-doing your matric. If this is the case, studying at a TVET college to obtain a grade12 equivalent qualification known as the National Certificate Vocational (NCV) may be a better option for you. Visit here for a list of TVET colleges that you can contact.
    5. Studying at a distance learning college may be another option. Here is a list of distance learning colleges that do not require you to have matric in order to qualify for the courses:

Suicide awareness

One route that shouldn’t be considered as a solution to failing matric is that of suicide. Sadly, many learners have taken their lives because they believed that they would never achieve in life due to failing matric. As discussed above, there are various avenues for you to pursue if you fail your Grade 12 year. If you find yourself thinking about suicide after failing matric, then speak to a trusted adult to get help. You can also contact the following numbers:

      • Life Line (24 hours): 0861 322 322
      • Suicide Crisis Line (8am -8pm): 0800 567 567
      • SADAG: 011 783 1474

Alternatively, you can visit the Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCaD) at the University of Johannesburg to get the appropriate (personal and career-related) help and guidance. PsyCaD is available at any one of the following sites:

Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (APK): 011 559 3324/3106, C-ring 1/ B5 Building

Auckland Park Bunting Road Campus (APB): 011 559 1318, Impala Court

Doornfontein Campus (DFC): 011 559 6042, House 2

Soweto Campus (SWC): 011 559 5752, Academic Building Block B, Adelaide Tambo Building

Remember that everyone goes through some form of failure, but failure does not have to be final and it does not have to determine your future!

“A winner is a dreamer who does not give up” Nelson Mandela

Author: Lucy Chirwa, Counselling Psychologist, Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development

Inserts of article sourced from http://www.careerplanet.co.za/failed-matric-

4 Comments on “What if I don’t pass – what does this mean for my future. Do I have options?”

  1. I would like to know what i should do, last year, when I was in Matric, I applied to study at UJ but because some of my marks were too low, I didn’t get an offer to the university. I am however upgrading my marks this year, so how do I apply again to study at UJ?

  2. I will not say much but I promise that I will work hard to become you student next year thank you

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