2014 matric pass rate drops to 75.8%

The announcement was made by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The 2014 matric pass rate has dropped to 75.8 percent, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga revealed on Monday.

The pass rate decreased by 2,4 percent from 2013's figure of 78.2 percent.

The minister also declared the process "free and credible" during a briefing in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, late on Monday.

"Umalusi has declared the 2014 National Senior Certificate results free, fair and credible."

Gauteng was the best performing province with a pass rate of 84.7 percent, followed by the North West in second with 84.6 percent.

KwaZulu-Natal saw the largest decline in the pass rate with a drop of 7.7 percent. The province got a 69.7 percent from 77.4% in 2013.

Motshekga says the drop in the national pass rate cannot be attributed to grade 11s who were promoted to matric without passing the grade.

"We were tracking what the impact of that policy was and it's encouraging that some of the learners who failed grade 11 attained a national senior certificate and some even attained a bachelor pass."

She maintains this system is not a unique to South Africa.

"The phenomena of progressing learners who have not met the requirements is not unique to our country."

More than 700,000 students wrote the final exams and 551 schools received 100 percent matric pass rates.

RESULTS BY PROVINCE:

Gauteng 84.7 percent

North West 84.6 percent

Free State 82.8 percent

Western Cape 82.2 percent

Mpumalanga 79 percent

Northern Cape 76.4 percent

Limpopo 72.9 percent

KwaZulu-Natal 69.7 percent

Eastern Cape 65.4 percent

To access your personal results when they are released tomorrow go to EWN's Matric portal.