Adult Basic Education and Training - ABET
Supporting adult learning in South Africa


There are many people in South Africa who do not require Basic Education skills, but failed to complete their matric for various reasons. Below is general information I have found, followed by a list of training centres that I have sourced that offer matric courses for mature learners.

Please note, I do not have access to matric results. To obtain these, please contact one of the links given below.


Ways to get your current matric results


  • Go to your school and request results from them


The links below publish exam results. Make sure you have your exam number available. Due to high volumes visiting these sites please be patient if you can't access them immediately.

Where to study adult matric?
Distance Education
Summary of locations

Elroi Academy

Department of Basic Education Matric results

In addition, some provinces also have facilities to search for matric results:


SMSs cost R3.00 each and calls are charged at standard rates.

  • Register via SMS your ID number and exam number  to 35935 sms cost R3 to get your matric results
  • Call 082 152 on the day the results are released, select option 6, input your ID and exam number and listen to their results.

Obtaining past matric results

The Matric Results website has an archive of results that go back to 2004.

The website also has a very useful guide that addresses the statement "I am trying to find my matric results!"

Re-issue or replacement of a matric certificate

Re-issue or replacement of a matric certificate (or change of particulars). The SA government gives guidelines on applying for the re-issue or replacement of a matric certificate on their website including reasons for re-issue, documentation required, costs involved andf the procedure to follow.

An exciting development that is currently in draft form is the National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA). More information can be found on the Umalusi website.

The NASCA is a qualification that will become as well regarded by the South African public, employers and institutions of learning as the National Senior Certificate is. The NASCA is different to qualifications that South Africans know—it takes the form of a set of challenge exams which allow candidates to show what they are capable of. There are no formal learning programme requirements, although people are advised that participating in a programme is likely to improve one’s chances of passing the examinations. The main features of the qualification are:

  • The candidate must enroll for four subjects, two of which are compulsory.
  • A language (either at Home Language or at First Additional Language level) and Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy are compulsory.
  • The remaining two subjects must be selected from the following list of subjects: Human and Social Studies; Natural Sciences; Economic and Management Sciences; another language at either Home Language or First Additional Language Level.
  • A candidate is required to pass all four subjects with a minimum of 45%.
  • Candidates may write all the subjects at a single examination sitting, or may write them at different sittings.
  • Candidates may rewrite subjects if they wish to improve their marks.
  • NASCA examinations will initially be offered once a year, but the intention is to create an examination system for the qualification that will allow candidates to write on demand.
  • Candidates are required to complete the qualification within six years of initial registration.

Find out more from this downloadble pdf document.

Another good resource explaining NASCAR is provided by the Western Cape Provincial Government and can be viewed here.

Western Cape Government. Senior Certificate (Matric) for adult learners
The Department of Basic Education has revised requirements for the Senior Certificate (matric) qualification for adults. Adults wishing to complete the Senior Certificate must now study subjects listed by the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). This web site tells you who qualifies to write the exams, how to register, what to study, and where to study in the Western Cape.

Department of Education - Matric Forms
The following forms are available for download as PDF from the Department of Education's website:

The South African Government services websites gives detailed step-by-step instructions on how to go about getting a copy of your matric certificate.

Lost or damaged matric certificate?
How to apply to replace that damaged or lost matric certificate. Includes information on, what you should do, how long does it take, how much does it cost, forms to complete and who to contact .

Matriculation Board - FAQ
Useful information on how to obtain matric exemption certificates, particularly useful if applying for exemption on the grounds of mature age or because you are a foreigner.

The Matriculation Board
The Matriculation Board is an advisory committee on minimum admission requirements to Higher Education South Africa (HESA), the organisation which marks the coming together of the South African Universities Vice-Chancellors Association (SAUVCA) and the Committee of Technikon Principals (CTP).Its functions include:

  • Certifying applications for exemption from the matriculation endorsement requirements;
  • Benchmarking foreign and SADC qualifications and maintaining international profiles on 169 countries; and;
  • Providing critical advisory services to schools, parents and HE institutions.

In its service to students and institutions in 2006, more than 28 000 certificates were issued and the Matriculation Board continues to provide an important service to students who do not meet the statutory minimum admission requirements to enter first HE degree studies in South Africa.

Umalusi - Council for quality assurance in general and further education and training Umalusi improves quality in public adult learning centres in South Africa, as well as in private and community-based organizations that offer basic education by :

  • quality assuring the examinations for the General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) for adults, as well as the internal assessment that lead to this qualifications.
  • monitoring the quality of qualifications and curriculum.
  • accrediting private education centres directly

There is a searchable list of accredited providers on their website.

The SA-YES Resource Bank South African Youth Education for Sustainability
The SA-YES Resource Bank (RB) is a PDF document containing a directory of websites and contacts on topics ranging from counselling to CV tips and further education to finding employment.

No Matric? No problem
The College of Supported Learning SA addresses several matric needs:

  • I am older than 23 and have never completed matric
  • I was in matric in the last 2 years. I did not complete matric
  • I passed matric but I need better marks
  • I left school recently. I did not complete matric
  • I left school a long time ago. I never completed matric
If you have left school and still have to pass matric or are wondering what to do after matric with your qualification, this web directory will show you a world of opportunities.

Matric - the long and the short of it
Article by Leendert van Oostrum on the Association for Homeschooling's web page. This article discusses various aspects of adult matriculation, legislation and options for study.

How to get a matric when you've already left school
This article discusses ways in which you can obtain your matriculation even if you are no longer in school.


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