Class of 2017 achieves a 75.1% pass rate

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January 18, 2018

A total of 802,431 full-time candidates wrote the exams.  This means of the 802,431 pupils who sat for the matric exams last year 401,435 passed and 314,943 failed.  Of the number of pupils who passed, a total of 153,610 candidates achieved Bachelor passes (equivalent to 28.7%), 161,333 passed with a Diploma (equivalent to 30.2%), 86,265 passed with Higher Certificates (equivalent to 16.1%) and 99 passed with a National Senior Certificate.

A total of 314,943 candidates (equivalent to 78.5%), who achieved Bachelor and Diploma passes, are eligible to register for studies at higher education institutions. The 86,364 candidates (equivalent to 21.5%), who obtained certificate passes, may register at TVET colleges and other skills training institutions. 

Matriculants around the country tried their best to get their hands on the first available newspapers. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

Below is how each Province performed:

  1. Free State: 86% (2016: 88.2%)
  2. Gauteng: 85% (2016: 85.1 %)
  3. Western Cape: 82.7% (2016: 85.9%)
  4. North West: 70% (2016: 82.5%)
  5. Northern Cape: 70% (2016: 878.7%)
  6. Mpumalanga: 70% (2016: 77.1%)
  7. KwaZulu-Natal: 70% (2016: 66.4%)
  8. Limpopo: 65.6% (2016: 62.5%)
  9. Eastern Cape: 65% (2016: 59.3%)

Source:  adapted from https://mg.co.za/article/2018-01-04-00-class-of-2017-achieves-a-751-pass-rate