The national education quality assurance body, Umalusi, has approved the release of the 2023 Matric results later this week, and there are several ways candidates can receive their results.
During a media briefing on Monday ( 15 January), the association’s chairperson, Yunus Ballim, said that the results had been given the green light after being administered by the Department of Basic Education and the Independent Examinations Board.
He added that irregularities identified during the writing and marking stages of the examinations “were not systemic and therefore did not compromise the overall credibility and integrity” of the examinations.
However, Ballim noted that Umalusi is concerned about the recurring instances of printing and packaging errors in question papers, which calls for more focus on quality assurance controls.
Some of the challenges included:
- A printing error affected a question worth three marks in the Physical Sciences Paper 2.
- In the North West, the same paper was also affected by missing grid lines in a question worth six marks.
- In Limpopo, significant printing errors affected questions (translated in both English and Afrikaans) worth more than 60 marks in civil service, 31 and 14 marks in construction and more than 20 marks in woodworking.
- Poor translation quality affected two questions worth three marks in the Afrikaans-translated version paper of Geography Paper 1.
- Cultural and political errors in the Mathematical Literacy Paper 1 and Mandarin Paper 1 were also acknowledged.
- At least 64 candidates who wrote the isiZulu First Additional Language Paper 2 were not informed that new poems and short stories would be introduced for the examinations, and, therefore, the candidates prepared based on outdated set works.
“The DBE is required to address the directors for compliance and improvement highlighted in the quality assurance of assessment report and to submit an improvement plan by the 15th of March 2024,” said Ballim.
“To mitigate the possible impact of the above errors on the performance of candidates, the questions concerned were excluded from the marking process, and the marks achieved were upscaled using conversion tables.
“Notwithstanding that, Umalusi urges all role players to put in stringent measures to prevent the recurrence of errors like these.
“This is because being fair to candidates means, among other things, being able to foresee and address any factor that may result in candidates performing poorly due to no fault of their own,” he added.
How to get your results
The ministerial announcement on the NSC exam results is expected to be made by DBE Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday (18 January), with the general result release set for the next day (Friday). IEB schools and their matrics will have access to their results on Thursday.
Learners can access their results (or register to receive them) in the following ways:
- Learners can get their results directly from the schools or institutions where they took the exams. These results may only be accessible after 12:00 PM on the release day.
- Learners can also access their results directly by logging onto the Department of Basic Education’s website here. Before receiving confirmation of their registration, candidates will need to complete a two-step verification process. They must provide their 13-digit ID number and Exam Number to register. The DBE website can be accessed without data charges, meaning it can be accessed regardless of whether the user has data or not.
- A number of online news websites will publish the results – including News24’s Matric Results page or the Sowetan’s page.
- To receive their 2022 matric results, learners can text their exam number to 45856. The system will verify their exam number and then send them their results. Each SMS costs R1.50, and free SMSes cannot be used.
- Learners can receive their matric results by using the USSD code *120*45856# and entering their exam number to register. The learner’s matric results will then be sent to their phone once they are available. The USSD service will be charged R1.50 per minute.
- Download the MatricsMate App for free from Google Play and Apple App Stores.
- Most of South Africa’s major daily newspapers will publish the matric results on 20 January 2023.