KZN, national matric pass rate up

KZN, national matric pass rate up

The Class of 2019 has achieved an 81.3% pass rate. 

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga Matric 2019

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the National Senior Certificate results in Midrand, Gauteng on Tuesday.

The overall national pass rate improved by 3.1% from the previous year's 78.2%.

KwaZulu-Natal claimed the fifth position with 81.3% of the province's passing. 

It's an improvement of 5.1% for KZN. 

Motshekga added that Ugu is the top performing district in the province having achieved a pass rate of 86.3%.

This is how the country's provinces ranked in the National Senior Certificate results: 

Meanwhile, hundreds of anxious pupils will descent on a fuel station in KwaMashu later this evening (8pm) to await the release of their individual results.

READ: Top KZN IEB matriculants have big plans for the future

The night vigil is the initiative of BP KwaMashu Service Station. 

Site manager, Luleka Ngqulunga says this will be the first time they hold such an event. 

She says it's a family-friendly event where learners and parents can gather in a safe and supportive environment.

"We are going to be educating the guys in terms of giving them guidance; where to from here. We'll also be motivating the guys that did not make it to say 'listen, it's not the end of the world - you still have another chance do you matric again or fix whatever subjects that you didn't do well in."

eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda is expected to join the gathering.

Eighteen-year-old Asanda Mkhize from Reunion Secondary School in Isipingo says she's a nervous wreck.

"I am feeling very nervous, I actually don't know how to feel. I'm confused. I don't know if I did well. There's just a lot of pressure." 

Nineteen-year-old Mthokozisi Nzimande from Edendale Technical High School says he battled with Maths Paper 2 - and is worried about how his results will turn out...

"It was a bit difficult but I tried to manage. It [Maths 2] was the [most] difficult subject for me."

The Independent Examination Board released the pass rate for private schools earlier on Tuesday showing that 98.82% of the pupils passed.

It was a slight decrease of 0.1% from the previous year. 

READ: 98.82% matric pass rate for IEB exams

Crawford College in La Lucia, Durban achieved a 100% pass rate. 


Kayrav Naidoo is the college's Dux, having scored 100% for Maths and achieving nine distinctions.  

He plans to study Medicine at UCT. Naidoo says the hard work began early.

"It's [been] hard work every single year for the past five, six years. I started working since Grade 4 with Maths Olympiad and that really helped me build with every other subject. I am just so excited and so happy for the future."

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