Matric pass rate moves above 70%

2012-01-04 19:17
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%.

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