Wednesday, 4 January 2017

[S.A]Free State tops Class of 2016

The Free State province has received the highest matric pass rate at 88.2%, a 6.6%  increase from 2015. The pass rate excluding progressed students was even higher at 93.3%.

The results were announced by the Minister of  Basic Education Angie Motshekga in Midrand on Wednesday.

“26 786 candidates wrote the 2016 NSC examinations in the Free State; 6 990 learners were progressed from 2015, a decrease of 1 197.  Well done to MEC Tate Makgoe and his team,” says Motshekga.

The national pass rate for 2016 is 72.5% including progressed students and 76.2% excluding.

Including progressed students, Western Cape was the second best province at 85.9% followed by Gauteng at 85.2%. Eastern Cape was the poorest performing province at 59.3%, Limpopo was the second lowest performing province at 62.5%.

The total number of candidates who registered for the November 2016 NSC examinations is 828 020. Of those learners 717971 sat down for exams, 22.6% qualified for bachelor studies and 25% qualified for diploma studies.

The class of 2016 has also shown improvements in key subjects like mathematics, accounting and physical science. There were 6 576, 8 070, 7 043 distinctions respectively in accounting, mathematics and physical science.

“In physical science, the 2016 figures point to even larger improvements.  The number of learners (of any population group) achieving 60% or more in physical science, reached 28 511 in 2016, the highest figure seen since the National Senior Certificate was introduced in 2008,” says Motshekga.

Motshekga commended the class of 2016, which is the largest in the history of the Department of Basic Education in South Africa.

She also called on all South Africans to help take the education system to greater heights.


source:SABC

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