Class of 2020 produces ‘high quality passes’ — Motshekga


The 2020 matric class has seen a decline of 5.1 share factors from the 81.3% pass rate achieved by the category of 2019. The category of 2020 recorded a 76.2% cross charge. 

The Free State remains the top-performing province, having achieved a 85.1% cross charge this 12 months, however it skilled a decline of three.2 share factors from 2019, when it additionally occupied the primary spot.

This was revealed by Fundamental Schooling Minister Angie Motshekga on the launch of the matric leads to Pretoria on Monday afternoon. 

Motshekga congratulated the category of 2020 for his or her efficiency regardless that learners had been confronted with “monumental challenges”. Multiple million learners wrote the nationwide senior certificates final 12 months.

Of those, 607 226 had been full-time candidates, 117 808 had been part-time, and the remainder of the candidates comprised those that ought to have sat for the examination in June final 12 months however didn’t due to Covid-19 restrictions. 

Motshekga additionally revealed that, of the top-ten performing districts, the highest six are from Gauteng, with the remaining from the Free State and the Western Cape. The highest-performing district is Tshwane south, encompassing Arcadia Sunnyside, which held the identical spot in 2019. 

Efficiency by province 

A decline within the cross charge was evident in all provinces, with the Northern Cape and North West recording the worst falls. 

  • Gauteng holds the quantity two spot at 83.eight%, a decline of three.5 share factors from 2019;
  • The Western Cape is quantity three, having achieved 79.9%, a decline of two.four share factors;
  • KwaZulu-Natal stands at quantity 4 at 77.6%, a decline of three.7 share factors;
  • The North West achieved 76.2%, recording a decline of 10.6 share factors;
  • Mpumalanga achieved 73.7%, a decline of 6.6 share factors;  
  • Limpopo achieved 68.2, with a decline of 5 share factors; 
  • The Jap Cape stood at quantity eight, having achieved 68.1%. and recording a decline of eight.three share factors; and
  • The Northern Cape recorded a 66 cross charge, with a decline of 10.5 share factors.

Nevertheless, there was a rise of 13.three% in bachelor passes from 2019. This equates to greater than 210 000 bachelor passes eligible for college.

Some 150 600 candidates handed with a diploma, which is a rise of four.1% from 2019. The category of 2020 achieved 177 435 distinctions, a rise of 13.1% from 2019. The provinces that contributed probably the most to this progress are KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Western Cape, the Jap Cape and Limpopo.

Motshekga stated that though the category of 2020 didn’t attain the 80% cross mark, it had proven resilience.

“We now have achieved high-quality passes this 12 months, particularly the variety of bachelor and diploma passes. The general cross mark has improved. The distinctions are a lot increased this 12 months, which is a trademark of the efficiency of this class of 2020,” she stated. 

“By way of high quality, we acquired extra from this class than ever. We’re of the sturdy view that had it not been for this virus, this class might have given us one of the best efficiency within the system. We’re certainly pleased with the category of 2020, which persevered towards such monumental challenges that our system was by no means uncovered to previously,” she stated. 

The minister thanked principals and lecturers, whom she stated gave of their time, even on weekends, for the category of 2020. She additionally thanked mother and father for standing with the division throughout troublesome instances. On Tuesday, provinces will launch particular person outcomes to learners.