Matric Results 2021 North West

The matric class of 2021 can expect to receive their results on 21 January 2022. While you wait, find out where you can get your results and more right here.

This year brought on its own set of challenges as we entered the second year of the pandemic. But the end is in sight for the matric class of 2021. The final exam will be on 7 December 2021. And  the exam results will then be released on 21 January 2022. In preparation for the upcoming results, explore your options for how to get them. You can also see how North West’s matriculants have performed in the past:

North West Matric Results Over the Last 5 Years

The North West Matric Results have dropped by more than 10%. The class of North West have always found themselves in the top, but their results have declined. Below are the North West Matric Results over the last 5 years:

  • 2020: 76.2%
  • 2019: 86.8%
  • 2018: 81.1%
  • 2017: 79.4%
  • 2016: 82.5%

National Matric Results Over the Last 5 Years

Over the last few years, the national matric results have kept on improving. However, the rate has dropped by 5.1%. The results for the last 5 years are as follows.

  • 2020: 76.2%
  • 2019: 81.3%
  • 2018: 79.4%
  • 2017: 76.5%
  • 2016: 76.2%

Where to get the 2021 Matric Results

There are many ways in which you can get your matric results. Each has been made quick and easy for your convenience, so you have one less thing to stress about. Choose the method that works best for you. 

At Your School or Exam Centre

Get your results at the school or exam centre where you wrote your final exams. Go on the day the results are released. Your friends and teachers will surround you when you get your results. 

In the Newspaper

One of the common ways of getting your results is in the newspaper. However, your name won’t be shown in the newspaper. Only your exam number and level of pass will be posted.

Get it Online

Want to get your results without leaving the house? You can also get your results online when you enter your exam number on the Department of Basic Education page.


Get your results sent straight to you. Send an SMS to 35658, with your ID number and student number. Keep in mind, no free SMSs or minutes can be used with this method.

One of many empty classrooms where matriculants will write and then get their Matric Results 2020 North West.

What Does my Matric Pass Rate Mean?

When you receive your matric certificate, the percentage you passed with will determine your pass level. These levels, broken into three, are very important. They determine where you can study and also which qualification you can pursue. These include:

Bachelors Pass

This is the highest level you can pass with in matric. With this pass, you have more options to study further. With a bachelors pass, you can enrol to a university, technikon and college. For a Bachelors pass, you must achieve at least:

  • 40% for your Home Language.
  • 50% for four other High Credit subjects.
  • 30% for two other subjects.

Diploma Pass

This is the second highest level you can achieve in matric. With this pass, you can study for a diploma or certificate from a technikon or college. For a diploma pass, you must obtain at least:

  • 40% for your Home Language.
  • 40% for three other High Credit subjects (Four, including your home language.).
  • 30% for two other subjects.

Higher Certificate Pass

Even though this is the lowest level you can pass with, you still have many study options. With this pass, you can study at a college and achieve a higher certificate in the most sought after career. For a Certificate pass, you must obtain a minimum of:

  • 40% in your Home Language.
  • 40% in two other subjects.
  • 30% for three other subjects.

North West Department of Education Contact Details

You can contact the North West Department of Education by filling out this form, or contact them through their details below. 

Tel: 018 388 2970

Fax: 018 384 5016

Physical Address

2nd Floor

Garona Building

Dr James Moroka Drive


Postal Address

Private Bag X2044



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Last Updated: December 6, 2021


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Tamsyn Gallie
Tamsyn Gallie
Tamsyn Gallie is a Junior Content Writer at Skills Academy. Her aim is to create content that is well-researched, educational and engaging. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, baking and anything that allows her to be creative. She is passionate about lifelong learning and believes it’s never too late to learn something new.