The new NSC June 2019 exams: all you need to know
Out with the old in with the new, here's all the details you'll need if you plan on registering for the NSC June 2019 exams.
"We are saying now we need people to have more time to prepare for exams," Basic Education spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, (iStock)
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This past May, the Department of Basic Education announced a new approach to the supplementary exams, doing away with the usual February/March dates in favour of a later starting date in May/June.

“You'd receive your results in January and you'd write in February. Which means the circumstances that led you to failing are still the same. So we are saying now we need people to have more time to prepare for exams," explained Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga in an interview with eNCA

An additional change will be the number of subjects a candidate will be allowed to rewrite. Shifting from the previous maximum of just two subjects, candidates will be allowed to rewrite as many subjects as they need. This includes subjects failed, as well as subjects candidates would like to improve on. 

The new dates for the rewrite exams will merge with the Amended Senior Certificate examinations, an exam reserved for adults hoping to secure a National Senior Certificate post-high school. 

Concluding 28 November, the 2018 National Senior Certificate examination results will be released on 4 January 2019 (5 January for learners in the Western Cape), and candidates can register to find their results online from the News24 Matric Results website from 6am. 

Those wishing to apply for the new NSC June examinations must register before the closing date, 31 January 2019. Visit the Department of Basic Education for more details on how to register.


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To qualify for the NSC June 2019 exams, the following conditions apply:

  • Candidates are only allowed to rewrite subjects they had previously registered for in the October/November 2018 examination.
  • Candidates wanting to improve results achieved in the October/November 2018 examination in either a particular subject or their overall aggregate may register for the NSC June 2019 examination. If you registered as a multiple examinations opportunity (MEO) candidate you will have to complete outstanding subjects in the NSC June 2019 examination.
  • Candidates with valid reasons for absenteeism (e.g. a medical condition, the death of an immediate family member, or other special circumstances) from one or more of the NSC October/November 2018 examinations will be allowed to register for the NSC June 2019 examination. These candidates will be able to choose between writing just the unwritten exam or all examination question papers. 
  • The NSC June 2019 examination is also open to candidates who could not write one or more of the November 2018 exams for reasons not listed above. A written statement from the applicant's principal will be required by the Head of the assessment body. According to the Department of Basic Education, the Head of the assessment body could be either "the Director-General of the Department of Basic Education, the Head of a Provincial Education Department or the Head of an independent assessment body." 
  • Candidates whose October/November 2018 examination results are under investigation will be allowed to enrol for the NSC June 2019 examination on a provisional basis. Whether these candidates will be allowed to write will depend on the results of the investigation. 

Required documentation: 

  • State of your results.
  • Certified copy of ID or passport. 
  • If applicable, a written statement with reasons for absenteeism during October/November 2018 examination along with supporting documentation. 

What if I don't qualify? 

According to the department, if you do not qualify for the 2019 supplementary exams, you may: 

Here are more details about your options if you're disappointed with your matric results.

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