Number of distinctions slightly down from previous year’s results
South Africa’s matric class of 2018 achieved a total of 156‚885 distinctions – a slight decline from the 161‚081 distinctions obtained in 2017.
The main contributors to the distinctions obtained were KwaZulu-Natal with 41‚734‚ Gauteng with 36‚113‚ the Western Cape with 24‚822‚ Eastern Cape with 16‚109, and Limpopo with 15‚748.
The three “rural” provinces – the Eastern Cape‚ KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo – produced a combined total of 75‚591 dis- tinctions‚ equivalent to 46.9% of the total distinctions in the country.
In the 12 key subjects‚ the total number of distinctions stood at 58‚806 – a decline of 4.3% from 2017.
The number of distinctions attained specifically in the gateway subjects were:
● 5‚169 distinctions in accounting‚ compared with 5‚040 in 2017;
● 5‚828 distinctions in mathematics‚ compared with 6,726 in 2017; and ● 8‚135 distinctions in physical science‚ compared with 7‚861 in 2017.
In the Eastern Cape‚ Limpopo and Mpumalanga‚ no-fee schools produced more distinctions than their fee-paying counterparts.
The proportions were: In the Eastern Cape‚ for every distinction produced in a fee-paying school‚ a no-fee school produced almost two distinctions;
In Limpopo‚ for every distinction produced in a fee-pay- ing school‚ a no-fee school produced three distinctions; and
In Mpumalanga‚ for every distinction produced in a feepaying school‚ a no-fee school produced approximately two distinctions.
But the picture changed in the rest of the provinces‚ as feepaying schools dominated the production of passes with distinctions:
For every six distinctions produced in a no-fee school in the Free State‚ a fee-paying school produced 10;
In Gauteng‚ for every three distinctions produced by a nofee school‚ a fee-paying school produced 10 distinctions;
In KwaZulu-Natal‚ for every seven distinctions produced by a no-fee school‚ a fee-paying school produced 10 distinctions;
Every six distinctions produced by a no-fee school in the North West saw a fee-paying school produce 10 distinctions; and
In the Western Cape‚ for every distinction produced by a no-fee school‚ a fee-paying school produced 10 distinctions.
Further analysis of the 2018 National Senior Certificate examination results‚ with progressed pupils included‚ showed that the number of candidates who qualified for admission to bachelor studies was 172‚043 (compared with 153‚610 in 2017)‚ which represented 33.6% of the total number of candidates who wrote the exams. –