Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced Tuesday night that the pass rate for the 2019 national matric exam is 81.3%. That’s more than three percentage points higher than 2018’s 78.2% pass rate.
Just over 616,700 full-time candidates completed the exam last year and the results were announced on Tuesday evening.
Six of the nine provinces’ pass rates for 2019 are 80% or higher and no province achieved a pass mark of less than 70%. The provinces’ pass rates are as follows:
- Free State: 88.4%
- Gauteng: 87,2%
- Northwest: 86.8%
- Western Cape: 82.3%
- KwaZulu-Natal: 81,3%
- Mpumalanga: 80,3%
- Eastern Cape and Northern Cape: 76.5%
- Limpopo: 72,2%
The number of students eligible for undergraduate study increased from 172 043 to 186 058. Gauteng has the most undergraduate students with 43% of its matriculants receiving an exemption. Limpopo achieved the lowest figure for undergraduate studies with 23.5%.
The number of students who qualify for a postgraduate diploma is 144,672, which is 2,972 more than the previous year. In 2018, 141 700 learners were eligible.
The South African Teachers Union (SAOU) also said in a statement that it was concerned that more than a third of learners would not complete matric in 12 years. “The school system fails learners who are in their 20s and are still struggling to pass matric,” said SAOU CEO Chris Klopper. “The decrease in the percentage of learners who achieve more than 40% for key subjects is also alarming.”