2018 matric pass rate – 78.2%

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has announced the matric pass rate for the class of 2018.

The national matric pass rate for the class of 2018 is 78.2%. Excluding progressed learners, the pass rate was 79.4%

Umalusi’s statistics for the 2018 national exams stated that there were 629,141 full-time matrics and 167,401 part-time matrics – making a total of 796,542 learners writing matric exams.

Of these, 33,413 were progressed learners who were pushed into matric from Grade 11. Motshekga said 60.2% of progressed learners passed their matric exams.

The minister said that 172,043 matric students achieved a bachelor’s pass, while 141,700 achieved a diploma pass. 86,800 achieved a higher certificate pass.

“In 2018, about 157,000 distinctions were achieved, a decline of 2.6% from 2017,” added the minister.

Provincial matric pass rates

The matric pass rates for the provinces were also detailed, and are as follows:

  • Gauteng – 87.9%
  • Free State – 87.5%
  • Western Cape – 81.5%
  • North West – 81.1%
  • Mpumalanga – 79.0%
  • KwaZulu-Natal – 76.2%
  • Northern Cape – 73.3%
  • Eastern Cape – 70.6%
  • Limpopo – 69.4%

It must be noted that the matric class of 2017 achieved a pass rate of 75.1%, up from 72.5% in 2016.

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