Moving On From Failing In Matric


Please share this article

Failing subjects in matric can be very discouraging, as it can get in the way of goals you’ve set or plans you have for the future. It can be difficult to believe, but how you perform doesn’t have to define you or your future. 


Matric is a challenging year, as how you perform can play a big role in shaping your future. To top it off, the stress of balancing your own expectations as well as the expectations of family and friends can be overwhelming. 

While the ultimate goal might be to perform well, the chance of failing and not living up to expectations exists. 

In the event that you fail, it’s important to know that failure does not have to mean the end of the road for you. 

Identify problem areas

Reflect on what went wrong by taking a look at your marks. Doing this can help you identify how your marks can be improved. If your marks could improve with additional tutoring, look into finding tutors. 

If you don’t have the resources to hire a tutor, try exploring and switching up your study methods. Take a step further and attempt to rewrite failed subjects. 


If you’ve failed subjects, you can rewrite them in order to improve your marks. The Second Chance Matric programme provides additional support to candidates rewriting their matric exams. 

This support comes in the form of revision classes that are publicly available on television and radio. It also includes access to matric past papers and memos. 

Set goals 

Once you’ve identified how you want to improve your marks, set goals to help you stay on track. Remember to keep your goals realistic and manageable. 


If you are unsuccessful in your attempts to rewrite or improve your marks, you can consider enrolling for a learnership. Learnerships will give you theoretical and practical skills. These are the skills that are typically needed in order to pursue certain career paths. 


Internships are also a good way to gain skills if you have no previous work experience. They are mainly aimed towards students and recent graduates. 

However, keep in mind that most companies will require a matric certificate as part of the minimum requirements to be considered.

This is why it’s important to consider rewriting any failed subjects, as it can give you a wider variety of career opportunities to choose from.

Gap year

If you're unsure about the next step to take, a gap year could be worth considering. This will give you a break from academics and give you the chance to figure out your future steps and possible careers options.

While the idea of taking time off from school can seem like the best option, it also requires discipline and good planning because it can be easy to fall into a slump and be unproductive during this time.  



WhatsApp Channel

Sponsored Ad

Google News

Post-Matric Options


After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a multitude of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even considering entrepreneurial ventures, each offering unique opportunities for personal and professional growth.

You've probably been contemplating the next chapter of your life all throughout the year asking yourself, 'what am I going to study after I finish completing my matric certificate exams?', 'am I going to study? What else can I do when I pass'? Well, we can help.


Where to Study


Other Articles

Despite all the bad economic news, there are a few brighter lights on the economic horizon. Mancosa's Dr Ridwaan Asmal points out that there may be some good news for South Africans in the last quarter of the year.


Latest SASSA articles

The South African Social Security Agency(Sassa) is still in the process of paying out the R350 grant to all qualifying applicants. However, if you are curious as to which grant payment collection methods Sassa currently has in place, then the following answer may be of interest to you. 

The President has confirmed that the SRD Grant is here to stay - and is going to be improved. So its still worth submitting an appeal if you were rejected unfairly for the R350 grant. Here is how the process you should follow and details on how long you can expect to wait. 


Careers Advice

If you recently matriculated but pursuing a tertiary education is not part of your future plans or perhaps you are not sure which path to pursue, then you might want to consider joining the South African Navy. The MSDS is the easiest way to enter the SA Navy.