The matric class of 2018 achieved an overall pass rate of 78.2%. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga announced the figure during a live broadcast of the results in Johannesburg on Thursday evening. The pass rate is an improvement on 2017, which was 75.1%, itself an improvement from the 72.5% pass rate in 2016. In total, 790,843 pupils wrote the 2018 exams, made up of full-time and part-time candidates. It was the fourth largest cohort of matrics to register for final exams. Motshekga commented that this was the eighth straight year that the matric pass rate had passed the 70% mark. Provincially, it was Gauteng that came out as top performer, with a 87.9%. Free State (87.5%), Western Cape (81.5%) and North West (81.1%) were the only four provinces to get above 80%. At the bottom end, Limpopo was the only province to get below the 70% threshold, achieving 69.4% — but this was an improvement of two percentage points from the year before. The Eastern Cape achieved a 70.6% pass rate...

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