South Africa has “for the first time in the history of our democratic country,” achieved a national matric pass rate of 81.3 percent, a beaming Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced in Midrand Tuesday evening.
The figure is up from the 78.2% pass rate recorded in 2018.
Motshekga said with more than 90% of SA pupils attending public schools, it is commendable that the “glass ceiling” that is an 80% matric pass rate has been shattered.
The Class of 2019 produced 156 884 distinctions, Motshekga announced.
A breakdown of the provinces, in order of achievement rates showed that Free State province has reclaimed its title in the 2019 National Senior Certificate examinations with last years rate in brackets:
Free State 88.4% – (2018 87.5%)
Gauteng 87.2% – ( 2018 87.9%)
North West 86.8% – (2018 81.1%)
Western 82.3% – (2018 81.5%)
KZN 81.3% – (2018 76.2%)
Mpumalanga 80.3% –(2018 80.4%)
Eastern Cape 76.5 – (2018 70.6%) Northern Cape 76.5% – (2018 73.3%)
Limpopo 73.2% – (2018 69.4%)
The minister said 65% of learners passed with diplomas and bachelor passes and will be eligible for admission to universities. Some15,7% achieved higher certificates that enable entry into TVET colleges.
The minister said 96% of parents send children to public schools which showed that parents “have confidence” in the public schooling system, but, added that “we have to ramp up ECD, the 3-stream curriculum and assessment regime.”
But, Motshekga said, in the future, result announcements will not only focus on the overall percentages, but will look at a range of issues including a province’s participation in maths and science, provincial distinction levels, and the level of support given to learners.
And, to affirm the arrival of the 4IR, a robot named Pepper announced minister Motshekga to the stage.
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