May 30, 2024

President Ramaphosa lauds 81 percent matric pass rate by South African students, highest since advent of democracy in 1994

Students from the University of Cape Town listen to Western Cape premier Helen Zille during a meeting at the university in May 2011. Photo: AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA
South African students from UCT (University of Cape Town) listen to Western Cape premier and Democratic Alliance

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has hailed the 81,3% matric pass rate; the highest since the advent of democracy in 1994. This is the first time the combined matric pass rate has breached the 80% threshold.

“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,” President Ramaphosa said.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, that 787 717 candidates sat for the 2019 National Senior Certificate Examinations countrywide. 

The 2019 pass rate represents a 3,1% improvement from 2018 when the national pass rate stood at 78,2%.

“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,” the President said.

“There has also been an increase in the number of female learners achieving bachelor’s passes, the Eastern Cape recorded the highest improvement in the matric pass rate, and not one of the country’s 75 districts performed below 60% – these are stellar achievements,” President Ramaphosa added.

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