2019 matric pass rate – 81.3%

January 8, 2020
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January 8, 2020 Tumelo Moloi

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has announced the pass rate for the matric class of 2019.

The national matric pass rate for the class of 2019 is 81.3% – up by 3.1 percentage points from 2018’s matric pass rate of 78.2%.

Umalusi’s statistics show that there were a total of 504,303 learners writing matric exams in 2019.

Of these, 34,483 were progressed learners who were pushed into matric from grade 11. Motshekga said 68.1% of progressed learners passed their matric exams.

The minister added that 186,058 matric students achieved a bachelor’s pass and 144,762 achieved a diploma pass.

A further 78,984 achieved a higher certificate pass.

“The NSC examination processes have been consistently reviewed and strengthened over the past 25 years and the qualification is therefore trusted by employers, higher education institutions, and the South African public,” Motshekga said.

“The achievements of the class of 2019 confirm that the standard and quality of the South African examinations system is improving annually and stabilising.”

Provincial matric pass rates

The matric pass rates for South Africa’s provinces were also detailed by Motshekga. They are as follows:

  • Gauteng – 87.2%
  • Free State – 88.4%
  • Western Cape – 82.3%
  • North West – 86.8%
  • Mpumalanga – 80.3%
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 81.3%
  • Northern Cape – 76.5%
  • Eastern Cape – 76.5%
  • Limpopo – 73.2%

Historical pass rate

The graphic below from the department of education shows how the matric pass rate has increased from 2008 to 2019.

Click on the graphic to enlarge it.

Matric Pass Rate

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