Matric pass rate moves above 70%
Cape Town - About 70.2% of matrics passed last year's exams - up from 67.8% in 2010, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Pretoria on Wednesday.
She said that 348 117 pupils passed their exams. Of these, 24.3% obtained university entrance.
There were 496 090 pupils who sat for the certificate.
In 2009, 60.7% of matrics passed theexams, which was just under 2% down from 2008.
In 2008, 62.5% of matrics passed.
About 80 000 matriculants studied part time.
Motshekga said that in 2011 there were no incidents, such as exam paper leaks, that had jeopardised the exams.
To obtain a pass, a pupil must achieve 40% in his or her home language as well as 40% in two other subjects and three subjects at 30%.