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2015 matric exams were tougher than previous years

By Naledi Shange | Jan 06, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 62 ]

The higher standard of examination papers for the matriculants of 2015 was one of the factors that played a significant role in the drop of the overall results, the department of education said on Tuesday.

Addressing the media and delegates in Midrand ahead of the release of the official results, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the department had worked hard at improving the standards of the examinations administered to the learners.

She added that the results would have been better if it were not for students who had been promoted to Grade 12 without having necessarily passed Grade 11.

"The national pass rate without progressed learners would have been 74.1%," Motshekga said.

The 2015 matric pass rate was 70.7 %, which was lower than the 75.8% that was recorded last year.

Motshekga explained that one of the key areas of 2015 was to encourage provinces to progress learners who have repeated Grade 11 more than once and who are over-aged.

The progressed learners were given extra support for the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate exams, or allowed to modularise their exams, meaning that they could write part of their exams in November 2015 and the rest in June 2016.

'Largest number of progressed learners to date'

"Consequently, in 2015 we saw the largest number progressed learners since the policy was promulgated in 2013," said Motshekga.

"An analysis of the raw data on progressed learners paints an extremely interesting picture, in particular this year. For the  class of 2015, we had 65 671 progressed learners, which was 9.8% of the total number of full-time candidates registered for the 201 NSC examinations."

Of the progressed learners that wrote their exams, 37.6 % (22 060) of them passed their exams, while 3, 97 went on to receive Bachelor passes and qualify to be admitted to university. The progressed learners also scooped over a thousand distinctions.

"8 473 obtained diploma passes; and some 10 264 obtained higher certificate passes," said Motshekga.

The North West recorded the highest pass rate of progressed learners, followed by the Free State ad then KwaZulu-Natal.

KZN, however, was also one of three rural provinces which contributed to the drop in the matric pass rate.

"That's where things went wrong. The number of learners that failed in these three provinces gave us a drop of 9%," Motshekga said.

The other provinces were Limpopo and the Eastern Cape.

Despite the drop in the results, the department of education reported that the number of learners who had passed mathematics had increased from 120 523 in 2014 to 129 481 in 2015.

The same was seen for physical science. A total of 103 348 learners had passed the subject in 2014 and the number had increased to 113 121 in 2015.

While the department had not given clarity on whether any school had obtained a zero percent pass rate, it stated that 38.8 % of all the schools in the country had obtained a pass rate of 80% and above while 6.9% (470) schools had received a 100% pass rate.

The district with the highest pass rate was Sedibeng East at 90.4%.

The department honoured 21 of the country's top scholar at the briefing on Tuesday.

The group was given numerous awards for their achievements including a R300 000 bursary from the SABC.

The highest achieving learner is Andrew Tucker from the SA College High School in the Western Cape, who after missing almost six months of schooling last year due to an illness, still managed to emerge as the top 2015 learner.






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progressed learners I wonder what that is

Jan 06, 2016 6:25 | 3 replies


Clearly not you.

Jan 06, 2016 7:10 | 1 replies


what is a bachelor pass?

Jan 06, 2016 9:5 | 3 replies


We used to call it exemption.

Jan 06, 2016 9:9 | 1 replies


that's what I achieved

Jan 06, 2016 10:15 | 0 replies


Compliments babes. You still owe me some booty.

Jan 06, 2016 9:10 | 2 replies


Something will never change....SMH

Jan 06, 2016 9:0 | 0 replies


I gave you my tits in 2015, and you bite them instead of sucking. NO booty for you in 2016 unless you become gentle.

Jan 06, 2016 11:23 | 1 replies


Hhihihihi. Ok, I will be gentle.

Jan 06, 2016 11:46 | 0 replies


You qualify to study for a bachelors degree.

Jan 06, 2016 9:12 | 0 replies


Learner's who were struggling to pass grade 11.

Jan 06, 2016 8:28 | 1 replies


okay thanks a lot for that

Jan 06, 2016 8:58 | 1 replies


But @KG do you have a sense of the Matric 2015 been tough? Or was the CAPS a big downer?

Jan 06, 2016 9:0 | 1 replies


to me nothing below where I passed through is tough at all

Jan 06, 2016 10:17 | 0 replies


how did your niece do?

Jan 06, 2016 9:53 | 1 replies


not so good but since its a he , my mistake my nephew managed to get a pass

Jan 06, 2016 10:18 | 1 replies


LOL but you've been saying it's your niece the whole of yesterday.

Jan 06, 2016 10:51 | 0 replies


What a pathetic excuse. The quality of out education has sunk so low that 2 + 2 would be deemed difficult.

Jan 06, 2016 7:10 | 2 replies


Is this the best you can do, mara???

Jan 06, 2016 7:34 | 1 replies
Jan 06, 2016 8:7 | 1 replies


Good for you, you know silence is golden, sometimes.

Jan 06, 2016 8:4 | 0 replies


Robin your hatred for this Government is clouding your judgment, you need to loosen up a bit.

Jan 06, 2016 8:14 | 2 replies


He lacks maturity, he behaves like a 6 year old boy

Jan 06, 2016 8:33 | 1 replies
Jan 06, 2016 9:1 | 0 replies


I think oom Robin can get very cranky but criticising is NOT hatred.

anyways, what excuse does the govt have to keep failing our kids? They should by now have improved things alot, instead of lowering the standard...30% a pass...for what?

Jan 06, 2016 9:52 | 2 replies


Thanks for clarifying that distinction. It is much appreciated. Many here are so blinded by thoughtless hatred that they just refuse to think clearly.

Jan 06, 2016 10:41 | 0 replies


OmoT, if you keep on criticizing even when there is no need, that is pure hatred. you know when you always have a wish for someone to fail, you don't even care when they are correct, u will still find faults in whatever they do. that's hatred my friend.

Jan 06, 2016 12:17 | 1 replies


Well, with respect, if you were to follow my posts over months you will see that this does NOT apply to me. Sure, I HATE RACIST. and BIGOTS of any shape, size or description, but for that I make no apology whatsoever. I also have a moron-intolerance, but try at least to temper that, as there are just so many around. That being said, a wonderful afternoon to you, my dear misguided friend.

Jan 06, 2016 2:22 | 0 replies


Bokone Bophirima my home province, as usual number 1 maar Batswana ba smart waitsi.

Jan 06, 2016 7:14 | 3 replies


mxm western province is this time.

Jan 06, 2016 7:16 | 0 replies


I'm very proud of my home province too...they doing well shame.

Jan 06, 2016 7:31 | 1 replies


you may as well hook up

Jan 06, 2016 7:36 | 2 replies



Jan 06, 2016 7:42 | 0 replies


You are right Kgonyoh.

Jan 06, 2016 9:13 | 0 replies


Jabz, o Motswana? Huuuuuuuu!! I am shocked.

Jan 06, 2016 7:53 | 2 replies


you expected what ?

Jan 06, 2016 8:59 | 1 replies
Jan 06, 2016 9:12 | 1 replies


muvenda oto ralo na

Jan 06, 2016 10:20 | 0 replies


hahahahahahaha mixed buta.

Jan 06, 2016 9:14 | 0 replies


One can not look at both sides of the story and make a comment on. I look at the bright side, of the record number of learners registered, they managed to go through a very tough exam of 2015. Halala MaAfrika halala

Jan 06, 2016 7:36 | 0 replies


Andrew Tucker!!! There was a player named Andrew Tucker in Bafana Bafana. Triple T. Tucker, Tovey and Tinkler in one team.

This Andrew Tucker lad missed 6 months of classes yet he is a top achiever. Well done my boy. Well done to the other top achievers and those who have passed. Those who failed, it is not the end of the world.

Jan 06, 2016 7:57 | 0 replies


"Those who failed, it is not the end of the world."...........As you say Shreds. Many successful people in later life were not good at school. Many who were not good at school, but passed, excelled at university. It is not the end of the world.

Jan 06, 2016 8:2 | 0 replies


Distinctions or no distinctions when they start at tertiary institutions its with a clean slate, that's where preparing for your future starts. All the best for the future Kidoz.

Jan 06, 2016 8:25 | 1 replies


That's half the problem, not appreciating what a distinction means. It means that the students understood 8 out of every 10 things...instead of 3 out of every 10 things.

For people with no distinction, they don't start with a clean slate. They carry the baggage of a weak foundation...which will DEFINITELY affect them at tertiary.

Jan 06, 2016 9:57 | 1 replies


OmoT The is no baggage once you are in a tertiary institution that place can either make you or break you. Your work ethic at the tertiary institution will determine your future not your matric results.

Jan 06, 2016 12:44 | 0 replies


All the best for those who made it, those who didn't, please don't despair. go back and try harder this time around.

Jan 06, 2016 8:30 | 0 replies


that excuse is for grade R's.

Jan 06, 2016 8:52 | 0 replies


Still say Matric shouldnt be used as barometer for future success. pass rate might be saying 70% but truth is how many out of that % passed with 40% only? stats are nothing but a lie

Jan 06, 2016 8:52 | 0 replies


Well done to all pupils. Best maths and science learner comes from one of the worst performing provinces(Limpopo)

Jan 06, 2016 8:41 | 0 replies