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Matric results 2017

Congratulations to the matriculants of 2017.

Some important highlights:

The total number of candidates, who registered for the November 2017 NSC examinations, was 802 431; comprising 629 155 full-time candidates, and 173 276 part-time candidates.  Of these candidates, 534 484 full-time candidates and 117 223 part-time candidates wrote the 2017 NSC examinations.

The 2017 NSC overall pass rate 

  • Progressed learners excluded: 76.5%, a 0.3% improvement from the 76.2% achieved in 2016. 
  • Progressed learners included: 75.1%, a 2.6% improvement from the 72.5% achieved in 2016. 
  • A total of 401 435 candidates passed the 2017 NSC examinations.  

Further analysis of the results show that, of the number of candidates, who wrote the 2017 NSC examinations –

  • 153 610 achieved Bachelor passes (equivalent to 28.7%);
  • 161 333 passed with a Diploma (equivalent to 30.2%);
  • 86 265 passed with Higher Certificates (equivalent to 16.1%) and
  • 99 passed with a National Senior Certificate.

Performance of the Provinces with progressed learners included

  • Eastern Cape achieved 65%, improved by 5.7% from 2016 – the second largest improvement in the country; 
  • Limpopo achieved 65.6%, up by 3.1% from 2016.
  • KwaZulu-Natal achieved 72.8%, improving by 6.4% from 2016 – the largest improvement in the country;
  • Mpumalanga achieved 74.8%, a decline of 2.3% from 2016;
  • Northern Cape achieved 75.6%, a decline of 3.1% from 2016;
  • North West achieved 79.4%, a decline of 3.1% from 2016;
  • Western Cape achieved 82.7%, a decline of 3.2% from 2016;
  • Gauteng achieved 85.1%, the same pass rate as in 2016.
  • Free State, which achieved 86%, down by 2.2% from 2016, was the top performing province in 2017. 

Top 10 districts with progressed learners included

  • First, is Fezile Dabi in the Free State with 90.2%;
  • Second, is Thabo Mafutsanyana in the Free State with 90%;
  • Third, is Tshwane South in Gauteng with 89.8%;
  • Fourth, is Ekurhuleni North in Gauteng with 89.1%;
  • Fifth, is Tshwane North in Gauteng with 88.9%;
  • Tied at sixth, are Gauteng West and Johannesburg West in Gauteng with 88.6%;
  • Eighth, is Sedibeng East in Gauteng with 87.9%;
  • Ninth, is Johannesburg East in Gauteng with 87.8%; and
  • Tenth, is Overberg in the Western Cape with 87.7%.

For more details, see Minister Angie Motshekga: Release of NSC Examination Results