#MatricResults2015: National pass rate drops to 70,7%
The Western Cape is the top performing province in 2015 with an 84,7 percent pass rate.
JOHANNESBURG - The national matric pass rate for 2015 has been announced as 70,7 percent - a drop from 75,8 percent in 2014.
This means it's down 5,1 percentage points compared to 2014.
The Western Cape came out tops with a an 84,7 percent pass rate. There's no district in the Cape that performed below 80 percent.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says this is the largest cohort of learners to pass.
"Our 2015 NSC overall results pass stands with all learners, progress and non-progress, is at 70,7 percent - down from 75,9."
Over 800,000 candidates sat for the exams, the largest group since 1994.
Quality assurance board Umalusi revealed last week that the pass rate would be worse than 2014.
Earlier today, some economists warned matriculants who failed to get into higher education institutions may struggle to find jobs.
They said the country's difficult economic climate wouldn't make it easy for school-leavers to find employment.
Stellenbosch University economics professor Servaas van der Berg said a matric certificate would open doors, but said it wasn't a guarantee for employment.
"Matriculants are in a better position to compete for the better jobs; they can more easily avoid some of the less attractive jobs. Even with matric, it's not so easy to get a job, especially for younger people nowadays."
Meanwhile, the Social Development Department has called on Grade 12s to make use of its 24-hour hotline should they fail or be disappointed with their results.
The department's, Lumka Oliphant, says trained social workers and counsellors will man the phones.
"Whether it's parents who can't deal with their children or if it's matriculants themselves, please talk to us and get professional help if you are anxious before the results tonight."
THE PASS RATE FOR THE DIFFERENT PROVINCES FROM DESCENDING TO ASCENDING ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Eastern Cape: 56,8
Northern Cape: 69,4
North West: 81,5
Free State: 81,6
Western Cape: 84,7 (The highest for 2015)
Click here to visit EWN's matric portal to view the results when they're released.