Matric 2014: fast facts

2015-01-05 17:54

At a technical briefing in Johannesburg this afternoon, Basic Education’s acting director-general Paddy Padayachee outlined some facts and figures about the 2014 results.

Padayachee, who said South Africans should congratulate “all matriculants irrespective of their results”, explained that the class of 2014 was the first to write the Caps curriculum exam in matric.

Here are some key points to take away from Padayachee’s briefing, which precedes Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s announcement of the results this evening.

» In 2013, about 82 schools achieved a pass mark of between 0% and 20%. In 2014 there were 150 of these schools;

» About 292 schools have achieved a 100% pass rate in 2014;

» Schools which achieved between an 80% and 100% pass rate declined from 551 in 2013 to 515 in 2014;

» In 2010, 47% passed maths. The figure is slightly up to 53% in 2014;

» In 2010 about 47% passed physical science. There is a significant increase to 61.5% in 2014;

» 225 458 pupils wrote maths in 2014, of whom 7216 got distinctions; and,

» About 284 298 pupils wrote life sciences in 2014, of whom 9 516 got distinctions.

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