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Ramaphosa Hails 2019 Matric Pass Rate As A triumph

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JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa has lauded the historic matric pass rate achieved by the class of 2019.

For the first time, the national pass rate breached the 80% threshold, climbing to 81.3 percent.

It’s a 3.1% improvement from the previous year.

Ramaphosa said that the results were a triumph and a clear signal that government’s substantial investment in education was yielding results.

Over 790,000 candidates sat for the exams nationwide.


The Free State was the leading province at 88.4%, an improvement of 0.9% from 2018.

Gauteng achieved 87.2%, a 0.7% decline from 2018.

North West achieved 86.8%, an improvement of 5.6% from 2018.

The Western Cape achieved 82.3%, a 0.8% improvement from 2018.

KwaZulu-Natal achieved 81.3%, an improvement of 5.1% from 2018.

Mpumalanga achieved 80.3%, a 1.4% improvement from 2018.

The Eastern Cape and Northern Cape tied at seventh, with both achieving 76.5%. The pass rate in the Eastern Cape improved by 5.9%, making it the most improved province, while the Northern Cape improved by 3.2% from 2018.

Limpopo achieved a pass rate of 73.2%, representing an improvement of 3.8% from 2018.

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