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


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. Unfortunately as at 14 March 2020, the website was not operational, but it may becvomer operational again in the near future.

The website also has very useful information that offers information on rewriting mtric exams and offers past matric exam papers.

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 is known as the Amended Senior Certificate (ASC). More information can be found on the Basic Education website.

However, based on the need for a qualification for adults that is equivalent to the current National Senior Certificate (NSC), the Minister of Basic Education has approved the revision of the current Senior Certificate qualification such that it can be offered by learners who will have no alternative route to follow post June 2014. The Senior Certificate (as amended), retains its qualification structure but will utilise the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) subjects to support the qualification. This implies that the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) subjects will be offered as part of the Senior Certificate (as amended). The first examination based on the Senior Certificate (as amended) was written in JunelJuly 2015. All Senior Certificate subjects that were passed prior to June 2015, at Higher Grade and Standard Grade levels, excluding Lower Grade conversions, will be recognized.

The Senior Certificate (as amended) now also allow candidates to obtain University endorsement. As in the case of the NSC exam, they can also qualify for admission to Bachelor, Diploma or Higher Certificate programmes at Higher Education institutions.

The following learners will qualify for admission to the amended Senior Certificate:

  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older who have:
    • a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC); or
    • a Grade 9 school report (or the old standard seven). stating that they have passed Grade 9 or Standard 7; or
    • a recognised equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Levell which requires two official languages.
  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older with an incomplete Senior Certificate qualification.
  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older with an incomplete National Senior Certificate and whose School-Based Assessment (SBA) validity has expired.
  • Only in exceptional cases, out of school youth, who are 18-21 years old and who could not complete their school education due to circumstances beyond their control, as verified by the Head of Department in the Provincial Education Department.

Second Chance Programme: Giving you another chance at success!
The aim of the Second Chance Matric Programme is to provide support to learners who have not been able to meet the requirements of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) or the extended Senior Certificate (SC), thereby meeting the goals of the NDP and the sector thus increasing learner retention. To find out more, click here.

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

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

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. They offer matric upgrades and Adult matric as well as other courses.l

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