The Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that the matric pass rate for 2016 was 76.2%, when excluding progressed learners who failed grade 11.
The Minister announced the full details of the matric exam results at an event in Midrand.
"With the Class of 2016 being the largest cohort the country has ever registered, a possibility existed that learner performance could drop. But this did not happen – thanks to the dedication and commitment of teachers, governing bodies, parents, the South African society at large, the provincial education departments, and the Class of 2016 itself for rising to the challenge."
"The 2016 NSC overall pass rate, with the progressed learners excluded, stands at 76.2%. However, with the progressed learners included, the 2016 NSC overall pass rate stands at 72.5%, which represents 442 672 candidates who have passed, the second largest in history. Well done to the Class of 2016!!!"
"The number of learners qualifying for admission to Bachelor studies is 162 374; the number passes with a Diploma is 179 619; the number of passes with Higher Certificates is 100 486; and the number of passes with NSC is 68."
In 2016, a total of 158 160 distinctions were achieved. In the 12 key subjects (including Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, among others), the total number of distinctions increased to 65 154 in 2016, from 63 348 in 2015. The number of distinctions attained specifically in the gateway subjects was as follows:
6 576 distinctions in Accounting were achieved, compared to 5 820 in 2015;
8 070 distinctions were achieved in Mathematics, compared to 7 791 in 2015; and
7 043 distinctions were achieved in Physical Science, compared to 5 903 in 2015.
Aggregation according to gender
There were 56 926 more girls than boys who wrote the 2016 NSC examinations. Overall, there are 237 130 girls, compared 205 542 boys, who passed the 2016 NSC examinations. However, when translated into percentages, 74.3% boys compared to 71.1% girls passed the 2016 NSC examinations. The number of girls, who achieved Bachelor passes and distinctions, is more than that of the boys.