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.
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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%