5 January 2016

South Africa: 2015 Matric Pass Rate Drops to 70.7 Percent

Photo: Department of Basic Education
Grade 12 students write their National Senior Certificate examinations.

The 2015 matric exam national pass rate has dropped to 70.7%, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday.

This was down from 75.8% achieved in 2014, she said at the release of the results in Midrand, Johannesburg.

If so-called "progressed learners" had not been added to the total, the pass rate would have been 74%.

These were pupils who failed Grade 11 twice and were promoted to Grade 12 without meeting the passing criteria.

Source: News24

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