Num­ber of dis­tinc­tions slightly down from pre­vi­ous year’s re­sults

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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. –

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