Matric results: Class of 2022 in numbers

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at the Matric 2022 breakfast on Thursday.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at the Matric 2022 breakfast on Thursday.
Alfonso Nqunjana
  • The class of 2022 achieved an 80.1% pass rate.
  • Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the matriculants did well despite "astronomical challenges".
  • She gave a list of facts and figures for the 2022 matric exams.
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The class of 2022 can be proud of their 80.1% pass rate, especially considering they had to work through the Covid-19 pandemic and the worst load shedding in years.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said that for the past 10 years, the National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass rate had consistently been going up – from 60% in 2009 to above 70% pass rates in recent years.

"The matric class of 2022 must be commended for maintaining this trend despite the astronomical challenges they faced – challenges related to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eskom's load shedding and sporadic service delivery protests," Motshekga said on Thursday.

Facts and figures from the class of 2022:

The matric class of 2022 originally started with 1 177 089 pupils in Grade 1 in 2011, and there were 775 630 matric pupils in 2022.

According to Basic Education Director-General Mathanzima Mweli, the number of pupils between Grade 1 and Grade 4 remained relatively unchanged. But this number started to drop off from Grade 5, with 979 360 by 2015.

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

By Grade 10, the numbers started to increase from 930 960 in Grade 9 in 2019, to 1 104 452 in 2020. Mweli said this was because by Grade 10, schools began to hold back pupils who wouldn't pass grades 11 and 12.

  • 752 003 full-time pupils and 168 631 part-time students enrolled to write the NSC.
  • 725 146 pupils wrote the matric exams in 2022, compared to 703 599 in 2021. 

Exams in numbers

  • 162 question papers;
  • 10.4 million question papers were printed;
  • 9.8 million scripts;
  • 6 904 secure examination centres;
  • 187 secure marking centres;
  • 73 000 invigilators were on duty; and
  • 52 000 markers were appointed.

Pass rate in numbers

  • 80.1% matric pass rate for 2022, compared with 76.4% in 2021 – a 3.7% improvement.
  • 580 555 candidates passed matric in 2022 – a 7.9% increase from 2021.

Provinces in numbers

  • Free State: 88.5%, an increase of 2.8% from 2021
  • Gauteng: 84.4%, an increase of 1.6% from 2021
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 83%, an increase of 6.2% from 2021
  • Western Cape: 81.4%, an increase of 0.2% from 2021
  • North West: 79.8%, an increase of 1.6% from 2021
  • Eastern Cape: 77.3%, an increase of 4.2% from 2021
  • Mpumalanga: 76.8%, a 2.9% increase from 2021
  • Northern Cape: 74.2%, a 2.7% increase from 2021
  • Limpopo: 72.1%, a 5.3% increase from 2021


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