The Motheo district’s overall pass rate of 87,9% in the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination set the tone for a 100% benchmark.This, according to the provincial Department of Education, represents a 2,8% improvement by the district.Altogether 41% of the matrics obtained bachelors passes, giving candidates the ability to study at universities.The department, led by the MEC for Education, Tate Makgoe, celebrated the strides made by the Motheo district at a function held in Bloemfontein on Saturday (01/02). According to Makgoe, the pass rate shows steady improvement over the last three years, citing this as proof that the district is on the rise to greatness.Altogether 8 293 Gr. 12 learners in the district wrote the NSC examination, with 7 285 passing and 3 400 obtaining a bachelors pass. According to the department, 55 schools achieved a pass rate of 85% to 100%, up from 52 in 2018. Of these schools, 28 achieved the provincial target of a 90% pass rate and 40% bachelors pass. Only 24 schools in the district managed to reach this target in 2018.