Class of 2019 makes history with highest pass rate ever in SA

Class of 2019 makes history with highest pass rate ever in SA

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga addresses the top 30 top matric achievers and their parents at a breakfast hosted by Vodacom in Midrand, 7 January 2020. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The eagerly awaited results were announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga last night.

The national matric pass rate for 2019 is 81.3%, up from 78.2% in the previous year, and the highest it has ever been.

The eagerly awaited results were announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga last night.

This 3.1% increase in the pass rate continued the upward trend experienced since 2016, after there had been a slight hiccup in 2014 (a 2.4 percentage point decline) and 2015 (a 5 percentage point decline).

In the preceding years, the country had experienced consistent increases in results since 2008, when the pass rate stood at a paltry 62.5%.

The education system had also undergone significant changes, with the introduction of the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (Caps) in 2012, as a replacement for Outcomes Based Education, introduced in 1997.

Motshekga once again took time to address criticism that some pupils were allowed to pass with 30%, which she said has always been a misunderstanding.

It is not enough to obtain a National Senior Certificate, though some pupils may get an endorsed pass overall if they fail one or more of their subjects with 30% or more, while maintaining an overall passing percentage of 40% or more.

Motshekga said there were only 105 of such endorsed passes, which amounted to a negligible 0.02%.

“Nearly 65% passed with bachelors and diploma access and are eligible to enter institutions of higher learning.”

She also announced the leading districts in each province and their respective pass rates: In the Eastern Cape it was Nelson Mandela Bay with 81.4%.

In the Free State, the leading district was Fezile Dabi with 90.3% and in Gauteng, it was Tshwane South with 93.3%.

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