Life after matric – Plan B

After 12 years of schooling, your child finally gets to put that school uniform away and step into the real world.


Yes, your baby is finally an adult and it’s time to make some important decisions.

Many say that January is a stressful month for matriculants, because it is during this month that results are released and the reality of tertiary education hits home.

Seeing the world could help your child decide what it is they want to do with their life after school

Not everyone gets into university or college for various reasons, and many will need to find a plan B, such as these listed below:


  1. “I want to upgrade my marks.”

The Department of Basic Education allows matriculants to get their exam papers rechecked for R21 per paper, remarked for R92 per paper and write supplementary exams for free if they have failed up to two subjects. For more details, visit:

  1. “I want to take time out.”

Not every child knows exactly what they want to do when they are done with high school and instead of wasting a year’s tuition fees, they can opt to get a job or volunteer. There are many options, from helping out at a local nursery school, vet or community outreach programme or working at the local shops. If finances are an obstacle, getting a job could help them earn money for university.

  1. “I want to travel first.”

This may not be ideal for everyone, but if you can afford to have your child take a gap year to study, why not? Seeing the world could help your child decide what it is they want to do with their life after school.


A gap year may not be the first choice, but it is a viable option when life deals you an unexpected hand. Why force your child to study something towards which they have no inclination and risk them failing at the end when they can find themselves and go out into the real world with a resolute mind?