Adult Basic Education and Training – ABET

Adult Basic Education and Training – ABET

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.


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

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 objective of the Second Chance Matric Programme is to offer young people who have failed to meet the requirements of the NSC a second chance to obtain a matric thereby improving quality of life.

The programme will be piloted this year (2016) and registration for participation will only be open to learners that attempted the NSC examinations in 2015. 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:


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.