Easiest and most difficult matric subjects

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Monday 5 January 2015 that the 2014 matric pass rate was 75.8%. What Motshekga did not mention was the quality of these passes.

Only 42% of full-time matric learners took Mathematics, while only 31% took Physical Sciences.

Mathematics and Physical Sciences are a requirement for many important fields of study, including engineering.

However, looking at the pass rates of these two subjects it is not difficult to see why learners opt not to study them.

Mathematics had the worst pass rate of all subjects at 53.5%, followed by Physical Sciences at 61.5%.

The subject with the highest pass rate was Dance Studies at 99.8%, followed by Life Orientation at 99.6%, and Agricultural Technology at 99.3%.

The following table provides an overview of the pass rates of matric subjects. from highest to lowest.

Subject Pass rate
Dance studies 99.8%
Life Orientation 99.6%
Agricultural technology 99.3%
Dramatic arts 99.2%
Agricultural management practices 99.0%
Visual arts 98.9%
Hospitality studies 98.5%
Consumer studies 98.2%
Design 98.2%
Tourism 97.5%
Civil technology 97.3%
Electrical technology 96.5%
Mechanical technology 95.8%
Music 95.1%
Engineering graphics and design 93.9%
Information Technology 92.6%
Religion studies 91.8%
Computer Applications Technology 91.4%
History 86.3%
Mathematical literacy 84.1%
Agricultural sciences 82.6%
Geography 81.3%
Business Studies 77.9%
Life Sciences 73.8%
Economics 68.9%
Accounting 68.0%
Physical sciences 61.5%
Mathematics 53.5%

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