Northern Cape produces markedly improved matric results

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The Free State remained the top-performing province, achieving a pass rate of 85.7%, which was an improvement of 0.6% from 2020. Photo: Papi Morake/Gallo Images
The Free State remained the top-performing province, achieving a pass rate of 85.7%, which was an improvement of 0.6% from 2020. Photo: Papi Morake/Gallo Images

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The Northern Cape, which produced poor matric results in 2020, has shown the most notable improvement across all provinces.

In 2020, the Northern Cape obtained a 66% pass rate, but on Thursday evening – during the announcement of the matric results – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga lauded it as the province with the “highest improvement”, with a 71.4% pass rate.

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The Free State remained the top-performing province, achieving a pass rate of 85.7%, which was an improvement of 0.6% from 2020.

It was followed by Gauteng with an 82.8% pass rate. Gauteng recorded a decline of 1% from 2020, and the Western Cape remained the same with a pass rate of 81.2%.

North West overtook KwaZulu-Natal to gain fourth place with a pass rate of 78.2%, up 2% from 2020.

KwaZulu-Natal obtained a 76.8% pass rate.

Mpumalanga fell by 0.1% to 73.6%, while the Eastern Cape showed an improvement of 4.9% to 73.0%.

Limpopo performed the worst, recording a 1.5% decline on 2020’s marks to register a 66.7% pass rate.

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On the sidelines of the breakfast the department of education hosted for the best-performing matrics, Motshekga told City Press that it was disappointing that some rural provinces continued to perform badly.

She said officials from the department would be dispatched to help the provinces turn things around.

Limpopo is also the only province with two districts that attained pass rates lower than 60%.

The top-performing district in the country is Tshwane South in Gauteng, with 89.3%. It was also the top-performing district in 2020.

“It is important to observe that among the 75 education districts in our country, the top 10 districts are in three provinces – four each from the Free State and Gauteng, and two from the Western Cape. More impressively, all the top 10 districts performed above 84%,” said Motshekga.


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Bongekile Macupe  

Senior Education Journalist

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