Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has released the 2015 National Senior Certificate results, revealing a matric pass rate of 70.7%.
However, the official pass rate does not tell the full story. Equal Education highlighted that a large percentage of students drop out before they write the matric exams.
“For broader perspective and context on the overall matric pass, one should use a cohort matric pass rate,” said Equal Education.
The organisation defines the cohort matric pass rate as the percentage of learners in grade 2 who pass matric 11 years later.
Of the 1,118,690 grade 2 cohort class enrollment, only 667,925 students made it to the matric final exams. This is a dropout rate of 40%.
The 2015 cohort matric pass rate – sometimes referred to as the true pass rate – is therefore 42.2%.
The table below shows the cohort matric pass rate over the last five years using Equal Education’s calculations.
|Year||Number who wrote matric||Pass rate||Cohort enrollment in grade 2||Cohort pass rate|