Ramaphosa applauds 2019 pass rate
PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has joined the chorus praising the Class of 2019 on achieving an 81.3% matric pass rate, the highest since the advent of democracy in 1994.
“These results are a triumph and a clear signal that government’s substantial investment in education, in pupil and teacher support and in educational infrastructure is yielding results,” said Ramaphosa following the announcement of the national results of the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric exams on Tuesday.
The results were released by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at Vodaworld in Midrand on Tuesday following a breakfast for the country’s top achievers in various categories.
This is the first time the combined matric pass rate has breached the 80% threshold.
The 2018 pass rate was 78.2%. Free State had the highest pass rate at 88.4%, followed by Gauteng at 87.2%, North West at 86.8% and Western Cape at 82.3%. The best performing region was Tshwane South, with Tshwane North in third spot.
Motshekga said 787 717 candidates sat for the NSC exams. In total, 6.79% of the matric cohort earned distinctions while 186 058 earned Bachelor degree exemption pass marks. There was an increase in the number of girls who reached this level of achievement.
Motshekga added: “We believe that we have reached the desired stability. In any case, the majority of parents continued to have faith in the public system; 96% of parents send their children to public schools, rich and poor.”
“South Africans can be proud that education, like most aspects of our nation’s development, is on an upward trajectory which should inspire all of us to work together to accelerate and maintain excellence,” said the president. He noted that the increase in the matric pass rate in quintile one, two and three schools was indicative that the divide between “rich” schools and poorer schools was steadily narrowing.