Cape Town – The matric class of 2019 made history by exceeding an 80% pass rate for the first time, with President Cyril Ramaphosa saying the highest pass rate since 1994 is a "clear signal that government’s substantial investment in education, in pupil and teacher support and educational infrastructure is yielding results".
We look at some of the numbers:
787 717 – The number of candidates who wrote the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC), comprising full- and part-time students.
81.3% – The overall pass percentage of the class of 2019 – a 3.1% improvement on the previous year.
186 058 – The number of matrics who achieved a bachelor’s pass, a 3.3% improvement on the previous year. A total of 144 762 matrics secured a diploma pass and 78 984 a higher certificate pass.