[LIVE BLOG] Matric pass rate rises to 78.2% from 75.1%

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga is announcing the matric pass rate for the class of 2018.

WATCH LIVE: 2018 NSC Matric Results Announcement

The top performing special needs pupil is Mongezi Mbatha from Gauteng.

Positions 3, 2 and 1 in each category will be announced.

The top achievers will now be revealed.

Motshekga ends of her speech with a vote of thanks.

Minister Motshekga says we should be proud of the class of 2018.

To recap, the top 3 provinces are:

Free State
Western Cape

The Eastern Cape, traditionally the worst-performing province has improved its matric pass rate.

The top-performing province for 2018 is Gauteng under the leadership of MEC Panyaza Lesufi at 87.9%.

Eastern Cape showed the largest improvement in the country.

The top 10 districts are:

FS - 92.3%
Tshwane South 93.7%
Joburg East
Sedideng East - 90.2%
Joburg West 90.1%
Thabo Mofusanyane - 90%
Tshwane North 
Gauteng - 89.9%
Ekurhuleni North 
Johannesburg North

Only one district in the country performed below 60%, the rest performed above that.

Over 3,000 learners with special need passed in 2018.

Motshekga says an inclusive education system makes for an inclusive economy. 

Motshekga says this year there were progressed and part time learners who wrote.

SA sign language was written for the first time in 2018.

Motshekga says 8 million question papers were printed. 7.6 million scripts printed.

The class of 2018 recorded the highest number of enrolled pupils to sit for exams.

Motshekga says the dept was happy to hear the exams have been declared fair, valid and credible.

She says the pass rate is one of the things used to track progress in SA.

Motshekga says every child should be viewed as an asset and no child should be left behind.

Motshekga says we have improve the outcomes of the schooling system. To do this, we must improve learning well before grade 12.

The class of 2018 is the first to write 12 exam subjects. Sign language was officially added as an additional subject.

Minister Motshekga now takes to the stand.

[WATCH] A couple of the 2018 top achievers describe what they did to reach the top.

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.