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Matric results set to be released, but what next?

The IIE has provided a list of alternatives for matriculants who may not do as well as they hoped.

FILE: Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - As the class of 2015 prepare to receive their matric results on Wednesday, the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) has encouraged those who may get a lesser expected outcome to simply review their plans for the year.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will reveal the national pass rate tomorrow, which quality assurance body Umalusi says has dropped.

The IIE says bad results are not the end of the road and that there are still many options to get back on track.

The institute's Nola Payne says a degree entry status can still be achieved with the option of a rewrite or by pursuing a higher certificate.

"The way it's been designed is that you can do a higher certificate, it's a year-long course and after you have been successful with a higher certificate you can articulate into a degree. It's the best option and often many university's report that students who have pursued a higher certificate first are more successful in their degree studies than those who come straight out for school."

Payne says parents should ensure they positively support learners during this time.

"It's no use coming down hard on a child about their results. You have got to look at it in a positive light and say 'ok this is what's happened, let's look forward'. They need to help them weigh up their various options."

OTHER OPTIONS INCLUDE:

WRITING SUPPLEMENTARY EXAMS

Not everyone will qualify for supplementary exams, but if you do, you should register and do you very best to pass. Pupils are encouraged to check with their school whether they qualify and then go all-out to ensuring that they spend as much time as possible behind buried in their books.

REPEATING THE YEAR

Having another go at matric is not a happy prospect for anyone who has just been through the mill, but it could be an exciting second chance if you go about it differently the second time round. For instance, you might choose to do some part-time work while being enrolled in a distance learning course, or you could choose to attend a different institution that specialises in rewriting. Some institutions will even allow you to change your subjects.

ENROLLING AT A DIFFERENT HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION

South Africa has only one quality assurance system, which means that private institutions and public universities are subjected to the same registration and accreditation checks and balances. So if your marks mean that you pass but are not able to go to your institution of first choice, have a look around. There are some fantastic and often more work-oriented options available out there that you might not even have considered.

CHOOSING A DIFFERENT COURSE

Perhaps a higher certificate is the stepping stone you need to be accepted into the course of your choice. Or perhaps there is a completely different direction which you can tackle, one that you were not aware of before. Again, do your research and do it thoroughly. Speak to the people in the industry you want to enter, and have a look around to see which institutions produce industry leaders. Today there are courses that didn't even exist two years ago. Are you aware of these? If not, you have some pleasantly surprising research to do.

ELECTING TO KEEP GOING EVEN IF THINGS ARE NOT YET CLEAR

Another cliché which continues to exist because it is true, is that it does not matter how many times you fall - it matters only how many times you stand up. This is painful and disappointing, but it is only a catastrophe if you don't stand up and face it. This can be no more than a temporary setback and can in fact be a character and strength-building exercise. Do not let the year go to waste. If fulltime study or a return to school feels like too much to ask or you do not have the funds to do this, then at least enrol for a short course which can keep you growing and in the habit of learning. Sometimes all that is needed is one or two small successes to realise that you are more than capable. Everyone fails sometimes. Successful people learn from their failures.

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