2017 Matric pass rate – 75.1%

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Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced that the matric pass rate for 2017 was 75.1%, up from 72.5% in 2016.

Candidates can get their individual results on 5 January from their school or the centre where they wrote their exams, major newspapers, local websites, and SMS and USSD services.

Over 50% of learners passed with the required standard to enable them to access higher education, said the department’s Dr Rufus Poliah.

More than 104,000 “progressed learners” had a significant impact on the National Senior Certificate pass rate.

Weaker progressed learners – who are over age or have repeated grade 11 more than once – are pushed through to matric, who then potentially bring down the pass rate when writing the final exams.

Excluding progressed learners, the matric 2017 pass rate was 76.5%, up from 76.2% last year.

Maths and science

In physical science 7,861 learners received a distinction. In maths 6,726 who wrote received a distinction. Overall, the matriculants of 2017 achieved over 61,448 distinctions.

The performance of provinces in terms of their matric pass rates is as follows (including progressed learners):

  • Eastern Cape – 65%
  • Limpopo – 65.6%
  • KZN – 72.9%
  • Mpumalanga – 74.8%
  • Northern Cape – 76.6%
  • North West – 79.4%
  • Gauteng – 85.1%
  • Western Cape – 82.7%
  • Free State – 86.1%

This article was first published on mybroadband.co.za