A message to the class of 2019

Congratulations for making it this far! The past 12 years have probably been challenging, but I’m so proud of you for getting to through it all. The wait for matric results can be nerve-wracking, I know. That’s why I’ve got this short message to get you prepared and help calm your nerves.

You made it this far

Getting to Grade 12 means that you’ve conquered many personal and educational challenges. A lot of people don’t make it this far, so this is definitely something you can be proud of, Choma. Give yourself a pat on the back for all your achievements – big or small, even before you get your results.

What if you didn’t get the marks you hoped for?

Not getting the marks you wanted or not passing matric at all, are not easy experiences, but they are both challenges you can overcome. There are opportunities available for you to improve your results and still have the future you’ve always wanted, so don’t give up.

I know that a setback like this one can be embarrassing and frustrating, but you can come back from this stronger than ever because there are options. I have listed them below for you.

Getting a re-mark – if you feel your exams were not marked properly and you are not satisfied with the results you got, you can apply for a re-mark. It will cost you a bit of money, but chances are you’ll get better marks after getting a moderator to take a second look at your exam. You can find out more about this here.

Rewrite exams – if you did not meet the minimum requirements for certain subjects, you can register to write supplementary exams. Here’s all the info you need about supplementary exams.

Repeat matric – this option allows you to redo your entire matric year and get the marks that you want. It’s a good opportunity to do better, especially if you had personal problems that may have affected your performance in school. Find out more about this option here.

Other options

Your other options if you did not get the marks you wanted are registering at an FET or TVET college, applying for a traineeship or learnership programme and maybe even taking a gap year to try and figure things out. Whatever you decide to do, remember your future is in your hands and you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing in order to be successful. Take your time, weigh all your options, then go out and do your best.

What if you got the marks you wanted?

If you got the marks that you were hoping for then congratulations, I am glad that all your work has finally paid off. I know that it can be a bit stressful now that you need to think about what to do next, but don’t worry, things will work out. If you are planning on going to university or college, then visit the institution’s enrolment office and get advice on what you qualify for. If you have not applied to any institution, then find out whether you qualify for mid-year (June) admittance.

The wait for matric results can make you very nervous, but luckily you know all your options beforehand and you will be able to make the best decision for your life. Remember, everyone has a different path, so try not compare yourself to anyone else and don’t be discouraged if you things don’t go as planned. There are lots of opportunities to do better in the future. Good luck!

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).