The wait for thousands of matric learners is over with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) publishing the results for the class of 2019.
The Free State obtained the highest passing percentage of the nine provinces with 88.4%. Gauteng ranked second with 87.2%.
A total of 97 829 candidates in Gauteng wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams. The overall pass rate increased with 3.1% since last year, from 78.2% to 81.3%.
Gauteng was the only province to record a drop in the pass rate from 87.9% in 2018, to 2019’s 87.2%. A total of 37 422 distinctions were recorded in the province.
Gauteng had the most schools to achieve a 100% pass rate, with 31, between 2015 and 2019. Also, 44,5% of matric candidates in Gauteng obtained bachelor passes.
Six of the nine provinces performed above 80 percent.
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“By 2030, South Africans should have access to education and training of the highest quality, leading to significantly improved learning outcomes. The performance of South African learners in international standardised tests should be comparable to the performance of learners from countries at a similar level of development and with similar levels of access,” said the department of education.
The number of full-time enrolments in Gauteng has dropped from 112 064 in 2015, to 111 188 in 2019. In 2018, a total of 107 166 enrolled as full-time learners – 4 022 less candidates in comparison to this year.
Paarl Gymnasium High School in the Western Cape’s Madelein Dippenaar was announced as the country’s top matric learner for 2019.
There were 61,744 more girls than boys who enrolled for this year’s NSC examinations.
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