The 2017 National Senior Certificate pass rate is up to 75.1% with progressed learners, and 76.5% without progressed pupils.

The pass rate without progressed learners at 76.5% was up by 0.3% from 76.2% in 2016. The pass rate with progressed pupils 75.1% is up, a 2.6% improvement from last year which was 72.5%.

Progressed pupils are those who fail a grade for two consecutive years and are then promoted to the next grade.

A total of 802 431 candidates registered for the exams, however only 651 707 wrote them. Free State was the top performing province which had a 86% pass rate, going down 2.2% from 2016.

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