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%