Matric pass rate inches up to 81.3%

Matric pass rate inches up to 81.3%

The Department of Basic Education announced on Tuesday that the 2019 national matric pass rate has risen to 81.3%.

Angie Motshekga

It is a 3,9% improvement from 2018.


Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed the much-anticipated results in Midrand on Tuesday evening.


The province with the best results was the Free State with a pass rate of 88.4% - a 0.9% improvement from the previous year.


In second place is Gauteng with 87.2%, followed by the North West 86.8%, Western Cape with 82.3%, KwaZulu-Natal at 81.3%, Mpumalanga with 80.3%, Northern Cape at 76.5%, Eastern Cape at 76.5% and Limpopo with 73.2%.


Motshegka says the biggest improvement was the Eastern Cape with the province up 5%.


"This is the highest pass rate in the last 25 years. Quality cannot be judged by numbers alone. There needs to be a deeper probe into certain quality indicators that will lead to higher quality outputs.”


She says none of the 75 districts achieved a pass rate of below 60%.


"It is extremely encouraging and where provinces have made significant gains, this needs to be further evaluated and good practices shared.“


At total of 616 754 full-time students sat for the National Senior Certificate examination and 8 million question papers were printed out.

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