WRAP | Matric results: Free State leads the way again as class of 2022 earns 80.1% pass rate


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19 January 17:44

The wait is over...

The Department of Basic Education is set to release the Matric results for the 2022 year. 

Department officials will brief the public at 18:00, where they are expected to release the overall pass rate, as well as the provincial break downs.  

Minister Angie Motshekga this morning met with SA's top achievers for a congratulatory breakfast - a yearly tradition. 

Motshekga had earlier today commended this year's matrics, saying they had their schooling hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic in the past two years. 

Follow the briefing live on News24.

19 January 18:05

We are still waiting for Angie Motshekga and deputy minister Dr Reginah Mhaule to start their address.

- Alex Patrick
We are still waiting for Angie Motshekga and deputy minister Dr Reginah Mhaule to start their address.<br /><br /><em>- Alex Patrick</em>

19 January 18:09

Some of the numbers: There were 775 630 students in matric 2022. The class of 2022 started with 1 177 089 students in Gr 1 in 2010.

According to the DG of Education, Mathanzima Mweli, the number of students between Gr 1 and Gr 4 remains relatively unchanged.

But this number started to drop off from Gr 5 with 979 360 in 2015.

"Experts say this is because from Gr 4 they start to learn in English as a language of learning and this has an effect on them," Mweli said.

In Gr 10 the numbers start to increase from 930 960 in Gr 9 in 2019, to 1 104 452 in 2020. Mweli said this is because from Gr 10 they begin to hold back students who won't pass in Gr 11 and Gr 12.

- Alex Patrick

19 January 18:14

The event has officially begun.

- Alex Patrick

19 January 18:15

CEO of MTN South Africa, Charles Molapisi, has opened the event.

"As corporate South Africa, we must act with haste to nurture learners to realise the potential of the youth."

He ends with a quote by Marilyn Duckworth: “Without effort, your talent is nothing more than unmet potential. Without effort, your skill is nothing more than what you could have done but didn't.” 
- Alex Patrick

19 January 18:16

COMMENT | It is worth remembering the impact of Covid-19 will remain in our education system for years to come. While the 2022 cohort experienced a more open learning journey in comparison to the classes of 2020 and 2021, their grade 10 and 11 years would have been severely impacted.

- Sheldon Morais
Here's the details

19 January 18:19

COMMENT | Also, research conducted by Stellenbosch University found that some schools and pupils lost up to three-quarters of teaching and learning time over the course of 2020 and 2021.

- Sheldon Morais
Read the report

19 January 18:20

Deputy minister Dr Reginah Mhaule has taken the stage for opening remarks.

- Alex Patrick

19 January 18:22

COMMENT | Plus, ahead of the 2022 exam period, unions expressed concern about the impact of Covid-19 and load shedding on the pupils sitting down for their final school exams.

- Sheldon Morais

Here's what they said

19 January 18:22

"It's an honour to declare this meeting open," Mhaule said.

She said the nation is proud of the class of 2022, especially with the hardships the students have endured.

- Alex Patrick

19 January 18:30

Mhaule ended her greeting by saying to those who did not make it this year, "there is life, and you will be given a second chance".

She said, "Rome was not built in a day", and said some of the results given tonight come from those who had a second chance.

- Alex Patrick

19 January 18:30

Angie Motshekga now takes the podium.
<strong>Angie Motshekga </strong>now takes the podium.

19 January 18:35

There were 752 003 full-time students enrolled to write the NSC exams and 168 631 part-time students. More students (725 146) wrote in 2022 than in 2021 (703 599), Motshekga says.

- Alex Patrick

19 January 18:38

Motshekga says the examinations went smoothly for the most part, saying the relative success of the process countrywide shows the "maturing" of the administration. 

She reminds the public that Umalusi approved the quality of the exams and results on Monday. 

19 January 18:39

She says the class of 2022 is "unique". In 2010, their first year, they were the first cohort to go through Grade R. 

She goes on to say: "The devastating effect of Covid-19 continued to be devastating," Motshekga said the trajectory of improvement of marks was disrupted by Covid-19.

Their performance remained high despite the odds, Motshekga said. 

- Alex Patrick

19 January 18:39

She says the 2022 cohort was also presented more subjects, including some technology subjects and sign language. 

19 January 18:40

She says the total number of matriculants was 932 024. 

She says there was also an increase of part-time pupils, which she describes as "encouraging".

19 January 18:42

Motshekga says the class of 2022 has been a "resilient" one.

She says they were operating at 80% in 2020, despite the pandemic hampering schooling. She says the government introduced some pupil assistance, with help from private sector partners.

19 January 18:43

She speaks of pupils with special needs, saying the government has in the past years has tracked their performance. She says more than 100 000 pupils with special needs who registered for exams last year. There were many of them who opted to write seven subjects rather than the compulsory five. 

19 January 18:44

Pass rates for quintiles 3 and 4: 387 000 passed, a 9% increase from the previous year. She says the government is tracking dropouts. 

She says 757 630 pupils were retained from Grade 1 to Grade 12 out of some 1 million, which shows a "great survival rate".

19 January 18:46

Some of the pupils' performance numbers:
Some of the pupils' performance numbers:

19 January 18:47

Motshekga says they can "proudly report" that there was a 95% pass rate for pupils on social grants and those incarcerated. 

19 January 18:48

She says there were 326 824 girls in matric, 253 660 boys. She says there was respective increase. "We are retaining more girls than boys," but boys are performing better. 

19 January 18:49

BREAKING | NSC pass rate anounced

The pass rate for the 2022 Matric year is 80.1%.

It is up by 3.7 percentage points. The number of bachelor passes has increased 8.9 percentage points, and also diploma passes. 

She says Gauteng and KZN contributed the most bachelor passes. 

19 January 18:56

Motshekga announces provinces' pass rates

Gauteng: 84.4%
KZN: 83%
Free State: 88.5%
Eastern Cape: 77.3%
Limpopo: 72.1%
Mpumalanga: 76.8%
Northern Cape: 74.2% 
North West: 79.8%
Western Cape: 81.4%

The highest improvement was KZN, which jumped by 6.2 percentage points.

19 January 19:02

Motshekga says there is "unquestionable resilience" in our schooling community, considering the pandemic, load shedding and poor service delivery.

19 January 19:05

The minister says: "The class of 2022 has clearly demonstrated... that we can make it.

"Support and intervention programmes must be implemented. The foundations of learning must be strengthened through the system."

She adds: "Steadily, but surely, we are improving the retention rates in our schooling. The high-quality passes we have achieved this year... is a testament to our growing system."

19 January 19:07

After a round of applause, Motshekga says we have a "happy cohort" of teachers who "give their best". 

"I want to thank them sincerely," she says. 

19 January 19:09

"There is no doubt that there is an upward trajectory in schools", Motshekga said in closing.

She said the class of 2022 has shown that support is necessary to get students through school.

Motshekga is pleased with the pass marks this year and is happy to see that no district got less than 70% pass rate. "I really want to thank the principals, these are the result of principals, and we are grateful. We have an amazing cohort of teachers who are energetic and giving their all, and I want to thank them sincerely.

"The support staff and the parents...I'm grateful to our communities. They know education is priority number one."

- Alex Patrick

19 January 19:13

In thanking the student governing bodies, she said during Covid-19, it was these groups she ran to for support.

Motshekga concludes by thanking the class of 2022. 

"Your future is in the palm of your hands... make the correct decisions."

She reminds pupils about the second chance programme. "You will get support from us."

19 January 19:14

Motshekga has wrapped up her address.

19 January 19:57

FULL SPEECH | Load shedding, pandemic has not stopped the class of 2022: Matric pass rate is 80.1% - Motshekga

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the matric results for the year 2022. Motshekga lauded the class of 2022 for producing a pass rate of 80.1% despite challenges with the pandemic and load shedding. 
Read the minister's full address
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