Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has announced that the matric class of 2019 has achieved a pass rate of 81.3%, from 78.2% in 2018.
The class of 2019 has breached the 80% threshold for the first time. The minister stated that 788,383 full-time and part-time candidates wrote the exams.
Motshekga said the Free State was the top performing province at 88.4%. This surpassed Gauteng, which was the top province in 2018, with its pass rate dropping to 87.2% in 2019. North West, with a pass rate of 86.8%, unseated the Western Cape (82.3%) from third position. While the Eastern Cape had the second-worst performance, it was the most improved, with the pass rate rising 5.9% to 76.5%. Limpopo remained the worst performing province with a pass rate of 73.2%.
The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has already announced its class of 2019 achieved a pass rate of 98.82% a slight drop from 98.92% in 2018.
Individual exam results from the Department of Basic Education will be released on Wednesday.