A total of 624 733 full-time learners and 166 110 part-time learners wrote matric last year, and even though it was approximately 5,000 less than the 2017 figures, more than 400 000 passed their final exams, and all provinces achieved a pass rate higher than 60%.

Angie Motshekga announced the results in a live broadcast on (03/01/2019) and said the improved passes showed that the public education was heading in the right direction.

Gauteng achieved an 87.9% pass rate with the Free State trailing close behind with 87.5, while the Western Cape managed an 81.5% pass rate and the North West 81.1%

Dipping below the 80% mark is Mpumalanga with a 79% rate while KwaZulu Natal made it to the sixth spot with 76.2% and Northern Cape 73.3%. The Eastern Cape and Limpopo trailed in last, with 70.6% and 67.4% respectively.

The pass rate increased but it remains a concern that approximately 500 000 learners who enrolled in Grade one back in 2006 were left behin.

By: Montsha Montsha