DBE Asked To Extend Application Deadline For Matric Supplementary Exams

The closing date for learners to apply for matric supplementary exams, is said to leave very little time for them to apply and now the Department of Basic Education is being urged to extend the deadline. 

The date on which the matric results are set to be released was adjusted due to the delays in the academic calendar caused by Covid-19.

A local youth initiative, Youth Capital is now asking the Department of Basic Education to have the application deadline for the matric supplementary exams adjusted accordingly.

The matric results will be released on Monday, 22 February while the closing date for the supplementary exams applications is Sunday 28 February, Youth Capital says that this will leave very little time for candidates to apply. 

The Department runs an initiative called the Second Chance Programme which gives learners the opportunity to improve their matric results. 

Matric learners can apply for this programme if they did not achieve their desired final results. 

These supplementary exams is vital as it give candidates an opportunity achieve a mark good enough for them to be accepted at a tertiary institution, receive a bursary opportunity or find employment, said Youth Capital project lead Kristal Duncan-Williams speaking to CapeTalk Radio. 

"With the results coming out later, that in effect gives matriculants six days to apply from the time the results come out. Bearing in mind, a lot of young people have to travel to specific centres or libraries to figure out the online process, it doesn't give them a lot of time to register for these rewrites."- Youth Capital, Project Lead Kristal Duncan-Williams. 

Duncan-Williams says that the portfolio committee is aware of this request to extend the deadline but if they do not get any feedback, the initiative will be rallying the public on social media to get the Department's attention. 

For more information on applying for a matric exam rewrite, click here.

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