2014 matric pass 75.8 percent

By Drum Digital
05 January 2015

The national pass rate for the 2014 matric exams dropped to 75.8 percent, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said.

The national pass rate for the 2014 matric exams dropped to 75.8 percent, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Monday.

The past rate in 2013 was 78.2 percent, Motshekga announced in Johannesburg.

A total of 550,127 full-time and 138,533 part-time pupils wrote the basic education department's examinations.

Gauteng was the top performing province, with a pass rate of 84.7 percent, down from 87 percent in 2013.

The worst performing province was the Eastern Cape, which got 65.4 percent, an improvement of 0.5 percentage points in comparison to 2013.

Provincial pass rates are as follows, in ascending order:

·         Eastern Cape achieved 65.4%, an increase of 0.5 percentage points from 64.9 in 2013.

·         KwaZulu-Natal achieved 69.7%, a decline from 77.4% in 2013, and a drop of 7.7 percentage points. It is the steepest decline of all the provinces. KZN has the largest number of Grade 12 learners in the 2014 NSC examinations. We need to look seriously into the factors affecting KZN’s performance.

·         Limpopo achieved 72.9% in 2014, up from 71.8% of 2013, an improvement of 1.1%.  Limpopo needs to be congratulated for sustaining the upward trend in the midst of many challenges bearing in mind that this group of learners was the group that was affected by delays in the delivery of books in 2012.  The relatively good performance of Limpopo in the NSC is encouraging. It is clear that Limpopo’s secondary schools are doing an especially good job of producing quality NSC results.

·         Northern Cape achieved 76.4%, up from 74.5% in 2013, an improvement of 1.9 percentage points, the highest improvement in 2014.

·         Mpumalanga achieved 79 %, up by 1.4 percent from 77.6% in 2013. Mpumalanga also needs to be congratulated for sustaining the               improvement in the past few years.

·         Western Cape achieved 82.2%, down from 85.1% in 2013, a decline of 2.9 percentage points.

·         Free State has achieved 82.8%, down from 87.4%. This is a decline of 4.6%.

·         North West has achieved 84.6%, down from 87.2%, and representing a decline of 2.6 percentage points for the 2014 matric class.

The top performing province for 2014 is Gauteng which has achieved 84.7%, down from 87% in 2013, a drop of 2.3 percentage points. Well done to MEC Lesufi and his team from Gauteng!

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