Free State has the highest pass rate for 2022 NSC examinations again

Free State has the highest pass rate for 2022 NSC examinations again

Four years in a row, the Free State has had the highest percentage of learners pass their National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, with a success rate of 88.5%, a rise of 2.8% from 2021.

The province is followed by Gauteng, which got 84.4%, a 1.6% rise from 2021, and KwaZulu-Natal, the most improved province, which achieved 83.0%, a 6.2% increase from 2021.

The Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, stated this on Thursday evening at the Mosaek Church in Fairlands, Gauteng, during the release of the 2022 Matric results.

While COVID-19, power shedding, and service delivery protests may have had an influence on the academic programme, the Minister said that the Class of 2022 achieved an overall pass rate of 80.1%, a 3.7% improvement over the previous year.

None of the provinces fell below the 70% pass rate, and none had a fall in performance from the previous year.

In addition, Motshekga said that five provinces earned a pass rate of over 70%, while four provinces reached over 80%.

KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and the Eastern Cape are the provinces with the greatest performance gains, at 6.2%, 5.3%, and 4.2%, respectively.

This data is based on the 922 034 applicants who enrolled for the Matric examinations in 2022. (with 725 146 full-time candidates).

In the meanwhile, the Minister said that the National Development Plan (NDP) recognises districts as a vital interface of the Basic Education sector in finding best practises, exchanging information, and supporting schools.

“The continued growth in the performance of districts is closely monitored and evaluated by both the provincial and national Basic Education departments. From the monitoring oversight, analyses of the performance of all schools… will be done and made available to districts. This will assist and enable districts to reprioritise their support and intervention programmes.”

According to the Minister, none of the seventy-five districts had pass rates lower than sixty percent, while four districts fared between sixty and six-nine percent.

In addition, 29 districts scored between 70% and 79%, including nine in the Eastern Cape, one in KwaZulu-Natal, seven in Limpopo, four in Mpumalanga, two in the North West, two in the Northern Cape, and four in the Western Cape.

42 districts performed at or over 80%, including three in the Eastern Cape, five in the Free State, fifteen in Gauteng, eleven in KwaZulu-Natal, two in the North West, two in the Northern Cape, and four in the Western Cape.

Provincial-level performance:   

  • The Free State is the leading province at 88.5%, an increase of 2.8% from 2021.
  • Gauteng achieved 84.4%, an increase of 1.6% from 2021.
  • KwaZulu-Natal, the best-improved province, achieved 83.0%, an increase of 6.2% from 2021.
  • Western Cape achieved 81.4%, an increase of 0.2% from 2021.
  • North West achieved 79.8%, an increase of 1.6% from 2021.
  • The third best-improved province, is the Eastern Cape, with an achievement of 77.3%, an increase of 4.2% from 2021.
  • Mpumalanga achieved 76.8%, a 2.9% increase from 2021.
  • Northern Cape achieved 74.2%, a 2.7% increase from 2021.
  • The second best-improved province is Limpopo, with an achievement of 72.1%, a 5.3% increase from 2021.

The top 10 district-level performances in the country in descending order:

  • Motheo in the Free State, with 90.8%.
  • Fezile Dabi in the Free State, with 90.4%.
  • Johannesburg West in Gauteng, with 89.7%.
  • Tshwane South in Gauteng, with 89.0.
  • Gauteng North in Gauteng, with 87.7%.
  • Xhariep in the Free State, with 87.5%.
  • Thabo Mafutsanyana in the Free State, with 87.3%.
  • Ugu in KwaZulu-Natal, with 87.2%.
  • Umkhanyakude in KwaZulu-Natal, with 86.3%.
  • Johannesburg North in Gauteng, with 86.2%.
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