The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has announced that 98.82% of pupils passed the 201 National Senior Certificate examinations.
CEO Anne Oberholzer said in a statement that the IEB pass rate decreased from 98.92% from the previous year.
Some 11 818 full-time pupils and 779 part-time pupils sat for the exams in October and November.
Oberholzer said 89.51% qualified for entry to study a degree, while 7.91% qualified for entry to study a diploma and 1.4% for studying at the Higher Certificate level.
“Umalusi has monitored all aspects of the 2019 examination process and has declared the results to be fair and valid,” she added.
The closing date to apply for re-marking is January 13. Results from re-marking will be released on February 6.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the national matric pass rate Tuesday evening.
The Department of Basic Education will release the National Senior Certificate matric exam results on Wednesday.