Matric pupils celebrate after seeing their names in the newspaper in Rockville, Soweto. They are, from left: Katlego Mickey (Mofari Mphahlele Secondary), Keketso Lefakane (Glenvista High), Lesego Kodisang (Mofari Mphahlele Secondary) and Thapelo Hlongwane (Eastern Capes Selborne College). Photo: ITUMELENG ENGLISH
Matric pupils celebrate after seeing their names in the newspaper in Rockville, Soweto. They are, from left: Katlego Mickey (Mofari Mphahlele Secondary), Keketso Lefakane (Glenvista High), Lesego Kodisang (Mofari Mphahlele Secondary) and Thapelo Hlongwane (Eastern Capes Selborne College). Photo: ITUMELENG ENGLISH
Mmeleli Bhaca and Siphumeze Bhaca in Pritchard Street

looking at the matric results in a newspaper. Siphumeze Bhaca

passed with exemption. Photo: MOTSHWARI MOFOKENG
Mmeleli Bhaca and Siphumeze Bhaca in Pritchard Street looking at the matric results in a newspaper. Siphumeze Bhaca passed with exemption. Photo: MOTSHWARI MOFOKENG
Celebrating were Jeppe High School for Boys

pupils Damon Callaghan Gareth King, Waseem Shaikjee, Lindsay

John Arendse, Miguel Gibson, Gregory Lou, Darion Smyth and

Bradley Marx. Photo: MOTSHWARI MOFOKENG
Celebrating were Jeppe High School for Boys pupils Damon Callaghan Gareth King, Waseem Shaikjee, Lindsay John Arendse, Miguel Gibson, Gregory Lou, Darion Smyth and Bradley Marx. Photo: MOTSHWARI MOFOKENG
Ntsundeni Ndou in his brand-new car, while Limpopo Education MEC Dikeledi Magadzi looks on. Photo: Moloko Moloto
Ntsundeni Ndou in his brand-new car, while Limpopo Education MEC Dikeledi Magadzi looks on. Photo: Moloko Moloto
The top matriculants at St Matthews Private School in Rockville, Soweto, were, from left: Sabelo Makhudu, Thenjiwe Nokhonongo, Thembelihle Mkhize, Bongiwe Mposula, Lebohang Phetlho, Palesa Mabaso, Thato Selepe and Tshepo Radebe. Photo: Itumeleng English
The top matriculants at St Matthews Private School in Rockville, Soweto, were, from left: Sabelo Makhudu, Thenjiwe Nokhonongo, Thembelihle Mkhize, Bongiwe Mposula, Lebohang Phetlho, Palesa Mabaso, Thato Selepe and Tshepo Radebe. Photo: Itumeleng English
Gauteng's top public school matriculant, Praise Ndebele, centre, hugs runners-up Wini-Louise Myburgh, left, and Elizabeth Bekker during the Gauteng Education Department matric awards ceremony. Photo: Nicholas Thabo Tau
Gauteng's top public school matriculant, Praise Ndebele, centre, hugs runners-up Wini-Louise Myburgh, left, and Elizabeth Bekker during the Gauteng Education Department matric awards ceremony. Photo: Nicholas Thabo Tau
Sibusiso Skhosana, 17, of Prosperitus Secondary School in Eersterus, who obtained six distinctions, with the schools principal Rafael Griffiths. Photo: Oupa Mokoena
Sibusiso Skhosana, 17, of Prosperitus Secondary School in Eersterus, who obtained six distinctions, with the schools principal Rafael Griffiths. Photo: Oupa Mokoena
Cara Rossouw, Christian Janse van Rensburg and Sune Heckner of H�erskool Menlopark celebrate after passing their matric. Photo: MASI LOSI
Cara Rossouw, Christian Janse van Rensburg and Sune Heckner of H�erskool Menlopark celebrate after passing their matric. Photo: MASI LOSI
Praise Ndebele was named top achiever at a function announcing Gauteng's top matric students in Joburg. Photo: Etienne Creux
Praise Ndebele was named top achiever at a function announcing Gauteng's top matric students in Joburg. Photo: Etienne Creux
Matric pupils at Gauteng's best school, Garsfontein H�erskool, jump for joy after receiving their results. Photo: Masi Losi
Matric pupils at Gauteng's best school, Garsfontein H�erskool, jump for joy after receiving their results. Photo: Masi Losi
Qiniso Ngiba (centre) shares a proud moment with family, (from left) grandfather Themba, uncle Sibusiso and grandmother Rita. Photo: Gcina Ndwalane
Qiniso Ngiba (centre) shares a proud moment with family, (from left) grandfather Themba, uncle Sibusiso and grandmother Rita. Photo: Gcina Ndwalane
Matriculants Aaliya Bux and Ammaarah Majiet celebrate at Westerford High School after finding out that they had passed. Photo: MICHAEL WALKER
Matriculants Aaliya Bux and Ammaarah Majiet celebrate at Westerford High School after finding out that they had passed. Photo: MICHAEL WALKER
Shamegha Samuels, a grade 12 pupil from Lavender Secondary who wrote the matric exams after she gave birth to her son Mogamat Zaid has passed. Photo: Cindy Waxa
Shamegha Samuels, a grade 12 pupil from Lavender Secondary who wrote the matric exams after she gave birth to her son Mogamat Zaid has passed. Photo: Cindy Waxa
Angelique Vries of Trafalgar High School has passed matric with five disctinctions. Photo: Henk Kruger
Angelique Vries of Trafalgar High School has passed matric with five disctinctions. Photo: Henk Kruger
Intlanganiso Secondary School pupils celebrate their achievements. Photo: WILLEM LAW.
Intlanganiso Secondary School pupils celebrate their achievements. Photo: WILLEM LAW.
Kyle Jantjies from Mount View High School is congratulated by principal Archie Benjamin. Photo: WILLEM LAW
Kyle Jantjies from Mount View High School is congratulated by principal Archie Benjamin. Photo: WILLEM LAW
Westerford High School pupils gather at the school to see their results. Photo: David Ritchie
Westerford High School pupils gather at the school to see their results. Photo: David Ritchie
Westerford High School matriculants Leanne Nefdt, Lauren Mitchell, Adrienne Timmes and Mahdi Marcus celebrate their achievements. Photo: David Ritchie
Westerford High School matriculants Leanne Nefdt, Lauren Mitchell, Adrienne Timmes and Mahdi Marcus celebrate their achievements. Photo: David Ritchie
Top achiever Sanele Mdlalose flanked by his aunt, Gugu Sikhosana, and sister, Thembela Mdlalose, at the announcement of the matric results by Minister Angie Motshekga. He was one of the 8 pupils from KwaZulu-Natal who were invited to the event having excelled in various subjects. Photo: Supplied
Top achiever Sanele Mdlalose flanked by his aunt, Gugu Sikhosana, and sister, Thembela Mdlalose, at the announcement of the matric results by Minister Angie Motshekga. He was one of the 8 pupils from KwaZulu-Natal who were invited to the event having excelled in various subjects. Photo: Supplied
Ecstatic matriculant Sadia Khan and Anandh Appanna, the principal of AM Moolla Spes Nova School, in Phoenix, celebrate the news of her diploma pass in spite of her physical challenges. Photo: Zanele Zulu
Ecstatic matriculant Sadia Khan and Anandh Appanna, the principal of AM Moolla Spes Nova School, in Phoenix, celebrate the news of her diploma pass in spite of her physical challenges. Photo: Zanele Zulu
Sabelo Makhubu from Emndeni in Soweto achieved seven distinctions. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya
Sabelo Makhubu from Emndeni in Soweto achieved seven distinctions. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya
Tshepo Radebe, left in blue shirt, from Dlamini in Soweto studied at St Matthews High School. Here he is lifted into the air by his family. He got eight distinctions. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya
Tshepo Radebe, left in blue shirt, from Dlamini in Soweto studied at St Matthews High School. Here he is lifted into the air by his family. He got eight distinctions. Photo: Boxer Ngwenya

2013 matric pupils countrywide celebrated getting their results.

Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced a 78.2 percent pass rate for the 2013 matric class.