OVERVIEW: 7 provinces increase their pass rate, overall rise in matric results

2019-01-03 17:03

The overall pass rate has increased for 2018 to 79.4% with Gauteng being the province achieving the highest rate, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has announced.

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03 Jan 18:40

The 2018 NSC overall pass rate for 2018 is 79.4% - up from 76.5% in 2017.



03 Jan 18:39
We must applaud the Eastern Cape and Limpopo and for joining the 70% performance club, which includes the Northern Cape and KwaZulu Natal, says Motshekga.

03 Jan 18:37

Limpopo attained 70.6%, an improvement of 3.2% from the 67.4% achieved in 2017;              Eastern Cape attained 71.4%, an improvement of 5.6% from the 65.8% achieved in 2017;   Northern Cape attained 75.2%, a decline of 2.4% from 77.6% in 2017

KwaZulu-Natal attained 76.8%, an improvement of 3.2% from the 73.6% achieved in 2017;   Mpumalanga attained 80.4%, an improvement of 3.8% from the 76.6% achieved in 2017;    Western Cape attained 83.2%, a decline of 1.2% from 84.4% achieved in 2017;              North West attained 83.8%, an improvement of 1.7% from 82.1% achieved in 2017;   ·           Gauteng attained 89%, an improvement of 3% from 86% achieved in 2017; and

Free State attained 91.1%, an improvement of 1.3% from 89.8% achieved in 2017.


03 Jan 18:34
The ten top performing districts in the country, are form two provinces.  In fact, it is for the first time this has happened in the 25 year history of our democratic dispensation.

03 Jan 18:34

The top ten (10) performing districts in the country, with the progressed learners included, are as follows –

Tenth, is Johannesburg North in Gauteng, with 88.6%;               

Ninth, is Ekurhuleni North in Gauteng, with 88.8%;              

Eighth, is Gauteng West in Gauteng, with 89.1%;               

Seventh, is Tshwane North in Gauteng, with 89.6%;              

Sixth, is Thabo Mafutsanyana in the Free State, with 90%;               

fifth, is Johannesburg West in Gauteng, with 90.1%;               

Fourth is Sedibeng East in Gauteng, with 90.2%;               

Third, is Johannesburg East in Gauteng, with 90.3%;               

Second, is Tshwane South in Gauteng, with 91.7%; and               

First, is Fezile Dabi in the Free State, with 92.3%


03 Jan 18:31
Regrettably, one district (1.3%) in the Eastern Cape, achieved a pass rate lower than 60% (compared to 4 of the 70 districts in 2017; that is 5.7% of our districts – two each in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape). 

03 Jan 18:31
Regrettably, one district (1.3%) in the Eastern Cape, achieved a pass rate lower than 60% (compared to 4 of the 70 districts in 2017; that is 5.7% of our districts – two each in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape). 

03 Jan 18:31
In 2018, 74 of the 75 districts (98.7% of our districts) attained pass rates of 60% and above (compared to 66 of the 70 districts in 2017; that is 94.3% of our districts); and 34 of the 75 districts (45.3% of our districts) attained pass rates of 80% and above (compared to 31 of the 70 districts in 2017; that is 44.3% of our districts).

03 Jan 18:30

The Bachelor passes achieved by learners in “no fee” schools stand at 84 700 (compared to 76 300 in 2017); while fee-paying schools produced 76 599 Bachelor passes (compared to 67 867 in 2017). 

This implies that in 2018, quintile 1 to 3 schools produced 53% of the Bachelor passes (the same as in 2017), while quintiles 4 and 5 schools produced 47% Bachelor passes (the same as in 2017). 

The significance of this, is that the gap between the Bachelor passes produced by quintile 1 to 3 schools versus those produced by quintiles 4 and 5 schools has significantly and progressively increased from 4% in 2016, to 6% in 2017 and 2018.


03 Jan 18:30

The NSC passes for quintiles 1 to 3 (“no fee”) schools combined, stand at 241 340 (compared to 243 354 in 2017); and the passes for quintiles 4 and 5 (fee-paying) schools combined stand at 140 036 (compared to 138 528 in 2017).


03 Jan 18:28
3 856 learners with special education needs wrote the 2018 NSC examinations (compared to 2 777 in 2017) – an increase of 39.9% from 2017.  1 669 (compared to 906 in 2017), and 861 (compared to 789 in 2017) of these learners achieved Bachelor and Diploma passes, respectively.  402 (compared to 307 in 2017) obtained Higher Certificate passes; 119 (compared to 2 in 2017) achieved endorsed NSC passes.

03 Jan 18:26

Of these candidates, 512 735 full-time candidates (compared to 534 484 in 2017), and 117 661 part-time candidates (compared to 117 223 in 2017), actually wrote all seven subjects of the 2018 NSC examinations. 

It is noteworthy that KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape registered the highest numbers full-time and part-time candidates, says Motshekga.


03 Jan 18:26

Motshekga: More significantly, is that 46.2% of these candidates are 16-20 year-old girls; and 34% of 16-20 year-old boys. 

Also important to note, is the fact that 8.8% of the girls and 10.6% of the boys, who sat for the 2018 NSC examination, were 21-26 years of age – a clear indication of multiple attempts at achieving a National Senior Certificate


03 Jan 18:21
The Class of 2018 is the first to be introduced to 12 new subject offerings, comprising the South African Sign Language (Home Language), written by 46 candidates; as well as Civil Technologies, Mechanical Technologies, and Electrical Technologies – each with three subjects; as well as Technical Mathematics and Technical Science, written by 41 005 candidates.

03 Jan 18:21

The scope and size of the 2018 NSC examinations is the second largest enterprise to the National General Elections in the country. 

For instance, 147 question papers were set; 8 million question papers were printed; 7.6 million scripts were produced and delivered countrywide; 6 888 secure examination centres were established; 65 000 invigilators, and 41 000 markers were appointed in 141 secure marking centres.


03 Jan 18:20
The total number of candidates, who registered for the November 2018 NSC examinations was 790 843 (compared to 802 431 in 2017); comprising 624 733 full-time candidates (compared to 621 155 in 2017), and 176 110 part-time candidates (compared to 173 276 in 2017). 

03 Jan 18:20
The Class of 2018 has recorded the fourth highest enrollment of full-time candidates, and the second highest for the part-time candidates in the history of the Basic Education system in South Africa, says the minister.

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03 Jan 17:06
IEB matriculants achieved a 98.92% pass rate. The results were released at midnight on Thursday.

03 Jan 17:06

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will announce the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results today.

The minister hosted a special breakfast with 29of the country's top pupils earlier on Thursday where she urged the group to focus even more on their future academic endeavours, and hopefully bring about much-needed developments and innovation in the basic education sector.

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