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Motshekga to announce matric 2018 pass rate on Thursday evening

The class of 2017 achieved a pass rate of 75.1%, up from 72.5% in 2016.

FILE: Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announces the 2017 matric results on 4 January 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffeje

JOHANNESBURG - Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will tonight announce the matric pass rate for the class of 2018.

The class of 2017 achieved a pass rate of 75.1%, up from 72.5% in 2016.

The Independent Examination Board has already announced its class of 2018 achieved a pass rate of 98.92%, up from 98.76% in 2017.

The top achieving pupils from across the country will also be announced during Motshekga's address, which is taking place at the Vodacom World Auditorium, in Midrand, Johannesburg at 6pm.

The results will be released publicly on Friday, 4 January.

Education Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says they are hoping to be able to share some good news later in the day when the nation's official matric pass rate is revealed.

"Year on year we are hopeful of an improvement and we work very hard to achieve that improvement."

Mhlanga says the result needs to be understood in the context of a full year of interventions and monitoring.

“If there’s an increase, we need to look at the context. The context is that we create opportunities for learners to learn; opportunities for learners to be taught by other pupils who know the subject matter better or differently and other pupils who are there to support them.”

He says these results are the culmination of years of work, investment and effort from both learners and teachers.

“Provinces have invested lots of money to support learners who have been struggling throughout grades, because we tracked learner performance.

“So, when it comes to grade 12, we’ve a good report which was given to Umalusi.”

To get your results, visit matric.ewn.co.za on the day of release

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