Matric pass rate 78,2 per cent

By Kirstin Buick
07 January 2014

The 2013 matric pass rate exceeded the basic education department's target by reaching 78.2 percent, Minister Angie Motshekga said in Johannesburg on Monday.

The 2013 matric pass rate exceeded the basic education department's target by reaching 78,2 per cent, Minister Angie Motshekga said in Johannesburg on Monday.

In 2012 it was 73,9 per cent, she said in Johannesburg.

The department had aimed for a 75 per cent pass rate by 2014.

There were 576 490 full-time and 130 646 part-time matriculants for 2013.

Schools in poor communities performed better, with 1832 schools from the lower three quintiles achieving pass rates of 80 percent and higher. Matrics from these schools got a total of 78 407 bachelor passes, required for admission to universities.

"Hopefully my colleague, [Higher Education] Minister [Blade] Nzimande and his team at higher education have made preparations to enrol them at higher education institutions and FET colleges.

"The notion that the schools from the more elite communities are propping up the pass rate is therefore invalid," Motshekga said.

There were gains in pass rates for the "gateway subjects", mathematics and physical science.

A total of 59,1 percent of pupils passed maths in 2013. In physical science the pass rate was 67,4 per cent.

Every province, except the Northern Cape, improved its pass rate compared to 2012.

The Free State was the top performing province, increasing its pass rate from 81,1 per cent in 2012 to 87,4 in 2013.

The province with the lowest pass rate was the Eastern Cape with 64,9 per cent, up from 61,4 per cent the previous year.

The results for the other provinces, for 2012 and 2013, were:

Western Cape: 82,8 per cent and 85,1 per cent,

Limpopo: 66,9 per cent and 71,8 per cent. It had a 48 per cent pass rate in 2009.

Northern Cape: 74,6 per cent and 74,5 per cent,

KwaZulu-Natal: 73,1 per cent and 77,4 per cent,

Mpumalanga: 70 per cent and 77,6 per cent,

Gauteng: 83.9 per cent and 87 per cent,

North West: 79,5 per cent and 87,2 per cent.

In 12 main subjects, the matric class of 2013 achieved 67 855 distinctions, up from 55 650 the previous year.

"I congratulate the class of 2013 for being the best class since the advent of democracy," Motshekga said.

She encouraged pupils to excel in higher education and make their contributions to South Africa.

"For those of you that have not done so well, do not lose heart, there are various options still available to you."

Motshekga said 99 per cent of ordered textbooks, workbooks and stationery had been delivered for 2014. The remainder would be delivered before schools opened, she said.

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