WESTERFORD HIGH SCOOL - Cape Town - 110106 - Celema Koti celebrates getting a distinction in Maths with a friend - Matric Results were released by the Department of Education Today. Photo: Matthew Jordaan

Cape Town -

The long wait is almost over for the class of 2012 who will receive their final matric results in a week.

The overall provincial and national results will be released next Wednesday while Western Cape candidates’ results will be available on Thursday. This year 527 335 full-time candidates, including 45 590 in the Western Cape, registered for the National Senior Certificate exams.

Last year the Western Cape obtained a pass rate of 82.9 percent, an increase from the 2010 pass rate of 76.8 percent.

The 2011 national pass rate was 70.2 percent.

“We are hopeful that we will see an improvement in the results this year. The best way to analyse and interpret the results is to consider the number of candidates passing and quality of those passes. The Western Cape Education Department expects increases in both areas,” said Bronagh Casey, spokeswoman for Education MEC Donald Grant. She said there had been significant improvements in 2011, which included more candidates passing with access to bachelor degree study from 14 414 candidates in 2010 to 15 215 last year.

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Cape Argus