Monday, 22 February 2021 17:05

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Photo Credit: GCIS.

The 2020 matric pass rate has dropped to 76.2% from 81.3% the previous year.

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga made the announcement during the release of the matric results on Monday.

The overall pass rate including the progressed learners is at 76.2% a drop of 5.1%. I am grateful to all of South Africa. I was expecting a bloodbath. I am grateful to all teachers we tried all in our powers to claw back time but we can’t," she said.

She said if the progressed pupils were not included the pass rate would be 81.2%.

From the 2020 cohort, 2 161 pupils with special needs sat for the exam and 2 058 of those passed with admission to a Bachelors Certificate. While 86.3% of the 133 inmates who wrote exams passed - 71 passed with bachelors certificate.

Motshekga said more girls passed then boys and more girls achieved bachelor pass than boys.

The results of full-time candidates in the provinces, excluding those of progressed pupils (those who were progressed to grade 12 despite failing grade 11), showed that the Free State had a pass rate of 91.6%.

The Matric pass rate per province::

  • Free State - 85.1%;
  • Gauteng - 83.3%;
  • Western Cape - 79.9%;
  • KwaZulu Natal - 77.6%;
  • North West - 76.2%;
  • Mpumalanga - 73.7%;
  • Limpopo - 68.2%;
  • Eastern Cape - 68.1%;
  • Northern Cape - 66.%;

Of the 85 districts in the country, only two achieved a pass rate of 50-59%, while 83 districts achieved a pass rate of 60% and above.

The Class of 2020 is the seventh group of grade 12s to write their exams under the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) system. It is also one of the most unique groups of matrics that finish the year amid tumultuous times, such as the global coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier on Monday, the DBE’s director-general Mathanzima Mweli held a briefing giving a technical report.

More than a million NSC candidates wrote their final exams which commenced on November 5 and concluded on December 17.

According to Mweli this was the first time that one million matric candidates wrote the final examinations and of the million was 607 226 were full-time NSC candidates and 117 808 part-time candidates.

He said November 5 and concluded on December 17.

Despite, learning amid the pandemic Mweli said they outperformed 2019 matric in most subjects, home languages above 40 % and distinction passes.

Mweli, who admitted he was speaking unofficially, said 440 702 passed matric.

Matrics of 2020 were robbed of vital face-to-face attendance for almost four months due to the national lockdown but they lost out on extra-learning opportunities, such as study groups sessions, after school classes and access to the library.