Free State first again in NSC exams

The MEC for Education in the Free State, Makalo Mohale. Photo: Free State dept of Education/ Facebook

Free State remains FIRST for the FIFTH year running

For the fifth consecutive year, the Free State secures the top spot in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

Free State first again in NSC exams

The MEC for Education in the Free State, Makalo Mohale. Photo: Free State dept of Education/ Facebook

For the fifth consecutive year, the Free State secures the top spot in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, outshining other provinces yet again.

The Free State Province has come in first in the national matric results for the eighth year in ten years with 89.03%.The province also received acknowledgement for achieving the second highest performing district in the country, with Motheo District being the first locally.

This was revealed byΒ Basic Education MinisterΒ Angie Motshekga when she announced the results on Thursday evening in Johannesburg.

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FREE STATE COMES OUT TOP FOR THE FIFTH YEAR RUNNING

The official pass rate for the class of 2023 is 82.9% (compared with 80.1% in 2022 and 76.4% in 2021), an improvement of 2.8% and 6.5% from the pass rates achieved by the classes of 2022 and 2021, respectively.

Motshekga was pleased to announce that all provinces had pass rates above the 70% mark.

Free State is the leading province for the fifth time, with a passing rate of 89%. In what seems to be a surprising twist, KwaZulu-Natal came in second.

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Over the years, the Free State has always been on top, followed by Gauteng and the Western Cape, which gives KZN a surprising twist.

FS OVER THE YEARS

The Class of 2022 in the Free State(FS) clinched a remarkable 88.5% matric exam pass rate, reaffirming its excellence. Adding to this achievement, the Free State’s Motheo District emerged as the country’s best with an impressive 90.8% pass rate.

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The Free State’s reign began in 2019 with an 88.4% matric pass rate, followed by 85.1% in 2020 and 85.7% in 2021.

Now, with the latest results for 2023, the province once again outshines all eight others.

Over the past seven years, the FS has dominated as the top performer in six, starting in 2016.

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While the Western Cape claimed the title in 2015, the FS has maintained its stronghold from 2016 to 2022, except for a slight dip in 2018 when Gauteng briefly surpassed it.

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