By Marisha Hermann
On Tuesday, 23 February, thousands of matriculants in public schools received the results of their National Senior Certificate exam. The matric class of 2020 achieved a pass rate of 76,2%. From the more than 570 000 pupils who wrote the exam, 440 702 passed. About 210 820 passed with university exemption and 150 600 passed with admission to diploma studies. A total of 177 435 distinctions were achieved. The Free State achieved the best pass rate, namely 85,1%. The pass rate in the other provinces was as follows: Eastern Cape 68,1%; Gauteng 83.8%; KwaZulu-Natal 77,6%; Limpopo 68,2%; Mpumalanga 73,7%; Northern Cape 66%; Northwest 76,2%; and the Western Cape 79,9%. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga praised the matric group for their perseverance. She believes this group of 2020 could have been best matric group yet if it were not for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann wrote in a Facebook post: “If children could perform so wonderfully in such disruptive times, there is hope for the future. Well done, all of you! Thank you, thank you to all the teachers!” Ané Krieg, matric pupil of Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool, said she was relieved to get her results. She also mentioned that she realised that all of them had stressed unnecessarily for three months. All the matriculants are grateful for their teachers’ assistance during the lockdown, and they are excited about what the future holds for them.
Motshekga made it clear that Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, found that although two papers had been leaked, the examination was still credible.
Umalusi approves the release of the 2020 national examinations results: https://www.umalusi.org.za/2021/02/umalusi-approves-the-release-of-the-2020-national-examinations-results/
Netwerk 24, Matriekuitslae: https://matriekuitslae.netwerk24.com/
2020-matrieks sou beste groep nóg kon wees: https://www.netwerk24.com/Nuus/Matriek/2020-matrieks-sou-beste-groep-nog-kon-wees-20210222