Matric Results 2013

By IndepthAfrica
In News
Jan 7th, 2014
File: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the pass rate on Monday. Picture: Picture: GCIS/SAPA

File: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the pass rate on Monday. Picture: Picture: GCIS/SAPA

JBasic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced an increase in the national pass rate, which now stands at 78.2%, up 4.3% from 2012.

Motshekga also compared the latest results with those from 2009, where the pass rate four years ago stood at 60.6%, highlighting that there’s been a 16.6% increase since then.

The results for maths, a key subject, are usually always lower than results from other subjects in the Matric exams. Motshekga reported that maths results for 2013 stood at 59.1%, which is up from 54% in 2012. These were the best set of maths results in five years, she said.

Motshekga reported that the Free State was the highest performing province. The province took top honours with an 87.4% pass rate.

Mpumalanga province was singled out for congratulations, for improving its pass rate from 47.9% in 2006 to 77.6% in 2013.

The minister also highlighted that no individual district performed below 50%. Sedibeng in Gauteng was the top performing district with 90.7% pass rate.

Overall, in 3,720 schools nationwide, 80% of the pupils achieved pass rates, which, according to Motshekga, shows “overwhelming evidence that we are improving learning outcomes.”

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The Free State was the highest performing province
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562,112 pupils wrote the 2013 examinations – an increase of more than 50,000 pupils in 2012, and the highest number to date.

9.1 million papers were printed, 8.7 million scripts were marked, and 30.6% of those who passed will qualify for a university entrance.

Regarding overall performance, most provinces reflected an improvement. The trend has generally shown that performance has been increasing since 2008, although it dipped slightly in 2011.

551 schools in 2013 achieved a 100% pass rate. In 2012 the 100% pass rate figure was achieved by 441 schools nationally.

These results have been welcome news for embattled Minister Angie Motshekga.

With widespread criticism of the quality of schooling and the Limpopo textbook scandal, 2013 was a tumultuous year for her.

NGOs and teachers’ union Sadtu even called for her head at one stage.

But Motshekga found an unlikely ally in DA leader, Helen Zille, who wrote an open letter saying the embattled minister was actually doing a good job.

Provincial results

Every province except the Northern Cape improved on its 2012 pass rate.

2013 Provincial results are as follows:

Eastern Cape

64.9% (up from 61.6% in 2012)


71.8% (up from 66.9% in 2012)

Northern Cape

74.5% (down from 74.6% in 2012)


77.4% (up from 73.1% in 2012)


77.6% (up from 70% in 2012)

Western Cape

85.1% (up from 82.8% in 2012)


87% (up from 83.9% in 2012)

North West

87.2% (up from 79.5% in 2012)

Free State

87.4% (up from 81.1 % in 2012)


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