This is an improvement of 3.1% from last year. The minister delivered the results at a briefing in Midrand on Thursday evening.
“If we exclude progressed learners, we’ll be at 79.4, [which is] 0.6% short of the 80% we’ve been clamouring for all the years. So without progressed learners we’d be at 79.4%, but we don’t regret it.”
At least 800,000 full-time and part-time students sat to write the exams across 7,000 education centres last November.
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All provinces achieved a more than 60% pass rate, with Gauteng taking top spot as the best-performing province.
“The top-performing province for 2018 is Gauteng with an achievement of 87.9%, an improvement of 2.8% from 2017.”
It’s followed by the Free State with 87.5%. The Western Cape ranked third with 81.5%.
Despite being at the bottom two, the Eastern Cape has improved, achieving a 71.2% pass rate.
“Despite the ongoing challenges that the province faces, which are still massive, under the leadership of MEC [Mandla] Makupula the Eastern Cape has taken off. They should continue on this trajectory.”
Limpopo achieved the lowest pass rate with 69.4%.
The Independent Examination Board (IEB) 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 were also announced on Thursday evening.
The results will be released publicly on Friday, 4 January.
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