Pretoria in top 10 performing districts countrywide

Marsha Scott
January 6, 2018

The DA said that 41% of the learners who had enrolled in Grade 10 in 2015 did not enlisted for matric a year ago.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says the 18 751 progressed learners who passed the 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations now have a golden opportunity to access either university or a TVET college.

The province ranks third out of the nine provinces with a pass rate of 84.4%, that's just over 3% lower than 2016's figure.

KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga achieved above 70%.

The top two top performing provinces are in Free State namely Fezile Dabi which got 90.2% and Thabo Mafutsanyana with 90%. Its fierce competitors, Gauteng and the Western Cape scored 85.1% and 82.7% respectively.

"It is unfair to compare learners with massive access to resources and support with those who lack such access and support both at school and at home", the SACP said.

The 2017 National Senior Certificate results can be retrieved using a learner's exam.

And there was an increase of 42.8% from 2016 of pupils with special education needs who wrote the exams - making it 2 777 and of this number 76.5% passed.

The pass rate represents a total of 401 435 candidates, who had passed the 2017 NSC examinations.

South Africa's governing ANC on Friday applauded a higher pass rate from the 2017 school ending examinations, but opposition said the results were much weaker when factoring in a worryingly high dropout rate.

"There are 28.5% female candidates‚ who obtained bachelor passes‚ compared to 29% of their male candidates‚" said Motshekga.

Matric official pass rates 2010-2017

Motshekga conceded on Thursday that more still needed to be done to improve the level of education in South Africa.

Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said it had been a "long, anxious wait for NSC candidates".

"You know the first time Free State came number one everybody thought it was luck, it was something that would never happen again".

In 2017 the department had the second largest number of progressed learners, since the policy was promulgated in 2013. All instructions for this process appear on the reverse side of the Statement of Results, the department said.

General secretary of Sadtu, Mugwena Maluleke, said it was encouraging that rural provinces are improving as that has always been the concern of the union.

During Motshekga's address, she said this year's results were a clear indication that teaching and learning in the education sector have improved.

"This can happen if the department fills all the vacant teacher positions. Even the regional and global assessment studies implore us to do so".

"It shows that we are not over extending and we are not simplifying things simply just to achieve".

"I'm feeling very positive and a litle nervous but that's a natural reaction", one matriculant said.

Pupils will receive their results in schools tomorrow.

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