The pass rate for final-year students at state schools in SA rose to the highest since 2013, basic education minister Angie Motshekga said. Of the approximately 800,800 students sitting for the exams in late 2018, 78.2% passed, Motshekga said on Thursday at an event in Midrand. That compares with 75.1% the previous year. About 312,700 people are eligible to study at higher-education facilities such as universities, she said.

But the DA has pointed out that nearly half the learners who enrolled in grade 1 in 2007 did not write the full-time matric exams in 2018. “While the department of basic education (DBE) celebrates this year’s 78.2% matric pass rate, Minister Angie Motshekga has again failed dismally to address the large number of learners who don’t write matric in the first place,” said a statement by DA MP Nomsa Marchesi.

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