South Africa’s Matric pass rate – 1995 to 2016

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has revealed the matric pass rate for 2016, with 72.5% of students progressing.

The pass rate of 72.5% is up compared to the 70.7% pass rate of 2015.

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.

Matric pass rate from 1995 to 2016

The table below shows the matric pass rate over the past two decades.

Matric Pass Rate
Year Pass Rate
1995 53.4%
1996 54.4%
1997 47.4%
1998 49.3%
1999 48.9%
2000 57.9%
2001 61.7%
2002 68.9%
2003 73.3%
2004 70.7%
2005 68.3%
2006 66.5%
2007 65.2%
2008 62.5%
2009 60.6%
2010 67.8%
2011 70.3%
2012 73.9%
2013 78.3%
2014 75.8%
2015 70.7%
2016 72.5%

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South Africa’s Matric pass rate – 1995 to 2016