Great joy over the Western Cape pass rate


Not only did the Western Cape record an increase in the province’s matric pass rate, the province also achieved the highest number of matric exemptions with 42.2% of students qualifying for access to higher education.

The Western Cape also has the highest pass rate in mathematics (75.4%) and physical science (82.2%).

“The results are extremely important because these skills are some of the most necessary and sought-after in a rapidly changing work environment,” says Deidré Baartman, Western Cape spokesperson on education.

“The results show that our schools are on track to produce the professionals of tomorrow.”

The Western Cape also boasts the country’s top student: Melissa Muller from Rhenish Girls’ High School was named the top student in the country and also achieved the best marks in matric. The province is also in awe of the performance of learners at schools for those with special needs: Samkelo Gumada and Nizibone Victor Mapolisa from the Athlone School for the Blind finished first and third respectively among learners with special needs.

Baartman says the results are impressive, given the “attempts of certain sectors to derail the education project”. The province has a major strike in the taxi industry behind it, while the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are still lingering.

“The DA in the Western Cape congratulates the matrics of 2023 for their hard work and excellent results. It is encouraging to see that the Western Cape’s education initiatives are working as they should, as can be seen in the results in mathematics and physical science.”