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Matric results revealed: Class of 2019 set new pass rate record

Something to celebrate, here. There were a record number of students who passed their exams in 2019, and these matric results are a step in the right direction.

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The official matric results for the Class of 2019 have been revealed, after Education Minister Angie Motshekga addressed the media on Tuesday evening. The 800 000-plus matriculants who passed this year ended up improving on last year’s official pass rate of 78.2%, adding another 3.1% to the total.

  • Free State (88.4%) replaced Gauteng as the leading province, replacing Gauteng (87.2%) at the top.
  • Eastern Cape saw the biggest improvement, with their pass rate jumping up by 5.9%.
  • Tshwane South is the best performing district (93.3%).
  • Gauteng has the highest number of Bachelor Degree qualifications, and the Western Cape has the most distinctions.

NSC matric results for 2019

The official pass rate for this year’s school leavers stands at 81.3%: It’s a genuinely impressive step in the right direction, as this is the first time the combined pass rate for our matric results has surpassed 80%. Motshekga detailed the pain-staking efforts her department went to, in order to secure these matric results.

“Class of 2019 was provided with targeted support in order to succeed; educational strategies such as supplementary classes, and general support from communities. We also received support from NGOs, corporates and universities. Around 82% of boys that wrote passed and about 80% of girls that sat for exams passed.”

“There were 616 754 full-time students sitting for the examinations, and over 180 000 part-timers. And eight million question papers were printed out for the 2019 exams. We are happy to announce that we had more than 2500 learners with special needs that sat for exams. We had 1277 distinctions from these learners.”

Angie Motshekga

IEB pass rate

Earlier on Tuesday, it had been confirmed that this year’s pass rate for the IEB curriculum (used for private schools and home-schoolers) stands at 98.82%. It’s a highly impressive return, but the number is slightly lower than the recorded results in 2018, where 98.92% of learners stormed their matric.

More than 12 500 pupils sat their IEB exams during the last school year. A total of 89.51% qualified for entry to study a degree, while 7.91% qualified for entry to study a diploma and 1.4% for studying at the Higher Certificate level. The results have been verified by education specialists Umalusi.

When will my matric results be made available to me?

You have a number of options, ranging from the practical to technical. For those wanting to acquire their classifications to-hand, you can collect your matric results from the school you sat your exams at from 12:00 onwards on Wednesday 8 January. From 14:00 on the same day, provincial organisations will put the results online.

Getting technical: How to get my matric results sent by SMS

  • Send your ID number and exam number via SMS to 35658. Both numbers must have 13 digits to be accepted and there is a once-off cost of R3 to register. Once registration is completed, results will be delivered by SMS when they are released.
  • Use the USSD service by dialling *120*35658#. After answering multiple questions, enter your ID number. You’ll receive your results per subject after you’ve completed the process. You’ll have the option to opt in or out to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act. USSD rates apply.
  • Download the MatricsMate App – it’s free and you can view your results as soon as they are available.
  • South Africa’s biggest newspapers will carry every registered result in their special editions on the morning of Wednesday 8 January.