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Matric Class of 2021 Achieves a Pass Rate of 76.4%

Matric Class of 2021 Achieves a Pass Rate of 76.4%. The day that many have been waiting in anticipation for, finally arrived. On Thursday evening Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the Matric results for the 2021 cohort.

A total of 897,163 candidates registered to write the 2021 NSC examination. This group according to Motshekga, was the ‘most impacted’ by the Covid-19 pandemic as it endured two years of restrictions and disruptions. Even though that has been the case, the Minister stated that this particular group reached a pass rate of 76.4%. This is an increase of 0.2 percentage points compared to the 2020 Matric pass rate (76.2%). From these students, 36.4% achieved a bachelor’s pass, 25.2% achieved a diploma pass, and 14.8% achieved a higher certificate pass.

As it is always the case, everyone would want to know how their Province did in the examinations. Free State has emerged the leader of the pack followed by Gauteng. The bottom two are Northern Cape and Limpopo Provinces. The pass rates at a provincial level were as follows:

  • Free State: 85.7%
  • Gauteng: 82.8%
  • Western Cape: 81.2%
  • North West: 78.2%
  • KZN: 76.8%
  • Mpumalanga: 73.6%
  • Eastern Cape: 73%
  • Northern Cape: 71.4%
  • Limpopo: 66.7%

Motshekga also stated that in overall, there were 297 152 girls who passed the 2021 NSC exams, of which is an improvement of 21.4% from 2020; and 240 535 boys who passed the 2021 NSC exams.

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