The Matric class of 2018 has achieved an overall pass rate of 78.2% – an improvement on the previous year (75.1%).

790,843 pupils wrote the 2018 exams, made up of full-time and part-time candidates. This was the fourth-largest cohort of matriculants to register for final exams.

Gauteng was the top performer, with a 87.9%. Free State (87.5%), Western Cape (81.5%) and North West (81.1%) were the only four provinces to get above 80%.

Limpopo was the only province to get below the 70% threshold, achieving 69.4% – however, this was an improvement of 3.8% from the previous year.

The Eastern Cape achieved a 70.6% pass rate, the Northern Cape 73.3%, KwaZulu-Natal 76.2%, and Mpumalanga 79%.

The top 10 performing districts, with progressed learners included, were, in ascending order:

  • Johannesburg North in Gauteng, with 88.6%
  • Ekurhuleni North in Gauteng, with 88.8%
  • Gauteng West in Gauteng, with 89.1%
  • Tshwane North in Gauteng, with 89.6%
  • Thabo Mafutsanyana in the Free State, with 90%
  • Johannesburg West in Gauteng, with 90.1%
  • Sedibeng East in Gauteng, with 90.2%
  • Johannesburg East in Gauteng, with 90.3%
  • Tshwane South in Gauteng, with 91.7%
  • Fezile Dabi in the Free State, with 92.3%