Education officials say many matrics in gang-riddled areas passed despite the violence.
A task team probing the quality of matric education is expected to submit a draft report soon.
Opposition parties, education experts and the public are questioning the credibility of the pass rate.
The Education Minister says the matric pass rate and dropout levels are two different issues.
EWN caught up with a few matriculants as they shared their results with their parents.
The latest figure is up from the 2012 pass rate of 73,9 percent.