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2015 matric pass rate drops to 70.7%

JANUARY 6, 2016
2015 matric pass rate drops to 70.7%

The 2015 matric exam national pass rate has dropped to 70.7%, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday.

This was down from 75.8% achieved in 2014, she said at the release of the results in Midrand, Johannesburg. If so-called "progressed learners" had not been added to the total, the pass rate would have been 74%.

These were pupils who failed Grade 11 twice and were promoted to Grade 12 without meeting the passing criteria.

Matric results in number

- KwaZulu-Natal continues to accounted for the largest number of learners (25%).

- No district in the Western Cape performed below 80%. The province is the top performer in the country, and the best overall matric pupil, Andrew Tucker, comes from SA College High in Cape Town.

- Best performing district is Sedibeng East.

- 20 965 schools are no fee schools - this is 87.14% of public schools.

- The class of 2015 is the 8th group of learners to sit for the National Senior Certificate. They entered the schooling system in January 2004.

- 799 306 pupils wrote the matric exam - 667 925 were full-time and 131 381 part-time. This is the highest number of candidates ever to write matric exams in South Africa.

- 7.8 million question papers were printed, and 10.5 million marked at 121 marking centres.

- Total invilgilators - 65 000

- 49 900 markers in total.

- The three worst-performing provinces (Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape) account for 54% of the pupils, meaning they determined whether the pass rate went up or down. It might take 3-5 years to get the pass rate on an upward trend because of the changes in the education system.

- 72.9% of repeater pupils passed. - KwaZulu-Natal , Limpopo and the Eastern Cape have the highest number of underperforming districts.

- 22 000 of the 65 100 progressed pupils passed.