The 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric results are set to be announced later today.

A “technical briefing” is scheduled to begin at 16:00, when the processes surrounding the examinations is set to be discussed.

The official release of the matric results will then begin at 18:00.

789 289 pupils wrote the 2017 examinations, this is 37 828 less than the number who wrote in 2016. In 2016, 72.5% passed the NSC examination, 1.8 percent increase from 2015’s 70.7% pass rate.

The number of progressed pupils (pupils who advanced to matric after failing a grade 11 twice) is expected to once again make a dramatic impact on the pass rate.

In 2016, more than 100 000 of the approximately 800 000 matriculants were progressed pupils.

If we take progressed pupils out of the equation with regards to the pass rate, the 2016 pass rate was 76.2% compared 74% in 2015.

Pupils are “progressed” to “ensure learners don’t get frustrated and drop out,” the education department’s Dr Rufus Poliah previously said. However, pupils are still required to pass the NSC examinations to pass.