A total of 25 443 matriculants in the Free State have begun writing their National Senior Certificate final exam. Candidates started writing on Monday (22/10) and will finish on 28 November. Results are expected to be released early in January. The Free State produced the highest number of learners who passed their 2016 Grade 12 examinations. achieved an 88,2% pass rate in 2016, an improvement of 6,6% when compared to its results in 2015.