A total of
787,717 candidates entered for the November 2019 NSC examination. This number
was made up of 616,754 full time and 170,963 part-time candidates.
A total of 790,405 candidates sat for 147 question papers in 7,416 examination centres nationwide. A further 212 learners wrote at correctional facilities.
“We’ve got a very big system. We have more than 12 million learners in more than 26,000 schools. What is gratifying is that South African parents, rich and poor, continue to have confidence in the public school system because of your performance,” said basic education minister, Angie Motshekga.
This was the sixth cohort of candidates to write the NSC examination that is aligned to the national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS), a curriculum which is benchmarked against international standards.
Motshekga said that the overall candidate performance in the November 2019 NSC has improved significantly compared to the previous years.
The class of 2019 registered an overall pass percentage of 81.3%, which is an improvement of 3.1% to the performance of the November 2018 cohort and is the highest pass percentage recorded in the last 25 years.
The minister said that 186,058 matric students achieved a bachelor’s pass and 144,762 achieved a diploma pass.
A further 78,984 achieved a higher certificate pass.