Class Of 2023 Achieves 82.9% Matric Pass Rate



Today and tomorrow is a big day for all Matrics across South Africa as the Minister announces the 2023 matric results. Tomorrow will see matrics collect their matric results.



Thousands of candidates sat to write their final matric exams with the last matric exam taking place on 6 December. Thursday evening saw Minister of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Angie Motshekga, announce the 2023 matric results.

2023 saw almost a million grade 12 learners sit down to write their final National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams at more than 400 exam centres around the country.

Minister Motshekga announced:

The 2023 NSC overall pass rate has reached 82.9%, compared to 80.1% in 2022.

This year’s matric pass rate showed an increase of 2.8%, compared to last year’s pass rate which stood at 80.1%. 40.9% of matrics achieved bachelor passes, 27.2% are diploma passes, 14.8% are higher certificate passes and 0.9% are NSC passes.

“The nation achieved more NSC passes and bachelor passes with distinctions than ever before in our history,” revealed the Minister.

The Matric Class of 2023 were the last cohort to return to normal schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic with the Minister saying, "the future is in your hands".

School Performance Report 2023

While the Minister announced the provincial results, and also congratulated the top learners in each subject and quintile, she did not announce results per school. The School Performance Report details the Matric results performance of each school in the country.

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Provincial Matric Pass Rates

  • Western Cape - 81.5%
  • Gauteng - 85.4%
  • Limpopo - 79.5%
  • Northern Cape - 75.8%
  • Eastern Cape - 81.4%
  • North West - 81.6%
  • Mpumalanga - 77%
  • Free State - 89%
  • Kwazulu-Natal - 86.4%

IEB Matric Results

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has unveiled the matric results for the class of 2023, with an overall pass rate of 98.46% in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

This achievement marks a slight improvement from the 2022 pass rate of 98.4%. The results encompass three distinct levels: 88.59% attained a degree

pass, 8.31% secured a diploma pass, and 1.57% received a higher certificate pass.

Matriculants who are unhappy with their matric results will now be able to apply for a rewrite, remark or recheck. Registration for the Second Chance Matric Programme are open until 20 February as well.

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Matric exams

Learners who were enrolled at Independent school will receive their matric results on Thursday. The IEB have commended learners for achieving an excellent pass rate. 




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