This article attempts to point our visitors from South Africa to where they can access the 2021 Grade 12 NSC Matric result. Here we compiled the 3 ways to access the NSC results. We provide some sources of information and links to the Ministry of Basic Education news headlines that you may find useful.

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2021 Matrics results update

Update #3: When 2021 metric results updates are available, we will provide them here.

Update #2: The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the release of the 2020 matric results on the 22nd of February 2021.

Update #1: Students will be able to access their results on the 23rd of February via SMS, USSD, newspapers or at their examination centres.

1. Get Matric results at school

Students can collect results from their schools in some provinces. Schools will apply strict COVID-19 control measures. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga, said Covid-19 protocols would apply.

The Matics class (2021 NSC Grade 12) will have to mask up before going to get their results on/after Tuesday 23rd February 2021. Please, contact your schools prior to going there. Ask about the COVID19 measures they are implementing to avoid any inconvenience on arrival at your school.

2. Check NSC Matric results 2021 online

The Department of Education has released procedures on how to check the 2021 matric results online. Here are 3 online platforms for matriculants to check the matric results online.

Department of Basic Education Login using your exam number, personal details such as the names and the home language
IEB Enter exam number and the date of birth
- Submit your request to access the results
News24 Enter your examination number
- Select the type of exam, NSC;
- Search the results to get your results

Note that the traffic to the websites may be high causing delays in response time. The best way is to be patient and wait for the results to show on your screen as it is expected.

3. 2021 NSC Grade 12 results via USSD or SMS

Students from the registered provinces can receive their results through USSD quick codes of 182 characters or SMS line. The matrix results for 2021 will happen in real-time, as they are released to the students.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is coordinating the USSD and SMS platforms. Students must register prior to using the results service. Here is how to register for USSD and SMS.

To register on USSD,

  • simply dial *120*45856#
  • enter your exam number to register

(Registering on USSD will cost R1-50 per minute)


  • text your exam number to 45856
  • follow the prompt

(The system will verify your details, and you will be charged R1-50 per message)

Help when getting 2021 NSC Grade 12 Results

The Department of Basic Education staff and support staff will provide help to students and stakeholders who may face problems accessing their results online or via USSD and SMS. The best way to get help would be to, directly, contact your school or provincial education authority.

In case you want to get in touch with DBE, send an email to

Useful info links

In our research for this article to help our visitors from South Africa, we found out that the best place to check your results and get help is at the DBE website. Visit the home page or read the latest news updates here.

We also found this article about the NSC Matric results for 2021/2021 on the Matric College website useful. If you need more information, click here to read the article about the Matric results.

The information is collated from the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and SABC.

Grade 12 Mathematics Exam Papers and List of Topics

We also have a dedicated Mathematics website. It is a resource website for teachers and students. You may find the list of topics for Grade 12 useful. Check out the link in blue.

We wish you all the best!