NATURAL NEWS | 2019 Marvelous Matric Results


The Department of Basic Education has released the annual matric pass rate statistics on Tuesday, 7th January 2020. The minster, Angie Motshekga, was very pleased to announce that the pass rate has gone up from 2018's 78.2% to 2019's 81.3% , which is the first time ever in 80 percentile range and is the highest percentage recorded.

The minister also announced that out of the 790 405 students, 186,058 matric students achieved a bachelor’s pass and 144,762 achieved a diploma pass , 78,984 achieved a higher certificate pass. The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric class of 2019 achieved a pass rate of 98.82% , which is fractional decline to the 98.92% achieved in the previous year.

In an obviously elated mood, the minister proclaimed, "what is gratifying is that South African parents, rich and poor, continue to have confidence in the public school system because of your performance.”

Although the CAPS system has been criticized with some claims that it nurtures learners who are better at cramming information rather than learning and practically applying, it is still regarded on an international level. This shows in the phenomenal pass rate, which is a new era compared to 10 years ago, when the pass rate was a mere 60.8% for matriculants for 2009 matriculants in January 2010.

The Free State province has the highest pass rate, and the North West province has been impatiently awaiting to show face in the top 3 with an almost 6% increment from the previous year's results. The subjects which learners passed the most are History and Mathematical Literacy, with 90.0% and 80.1% respectively. The subjects which students have seen the most flames (less than 30%) were Mathematics and Economics with a 54.6% and 59.3% respective pass rate.

☆Free State 88.4 (0.9% increase)

☆ Gauteng 87.2 (0.7 decline)

☆ North West 86.8 (5.6% increase)

☆ Western Cape 82.3% (0.9% increase)

☆ KwaZulu-Natal 81.3.% (5.1% increase)

☆ Mpumalanga 80.3% (1.4% increase)

☆ Eastern Cape 76.5% (5.9% increase)

☆ Northern Cape 76.5% (3.2% increase)

☆ Limpopo 73.2 (3.8% increase)

Although we celebrate our hard working class of 2019 matriculants, it is important to be considerate of the feelings of those who did not achieve their desired results of passing. It is not by any stretch of the imagination the end of the world. It is important to communicate your feelings to those who care about you, and not to pressurize yourself by setting a standard or timeline based on other people, as we all have our individual journeys to embark on.

Speak to a professional counselor if you must, and search for other options such as rewriting matric at a legitimate facility, looking for internships or even starting your own business and helping in community development projects. Failing is only defined by giving up.

Most universities should have responded to applicants on the status of their applications, and some have been opened for late application. Make sure to keep up with the necessary dates and prepare yourself for the journey that lies ahead. Double check the validity of any institution, whether it is a matric rewrite center, TVET college, private college, university etc.

Congratulations class of 2019, you have made South Africa proud! Adulting is not as glamorous as it looks on TV, so make sure to keep your fundamental values from home and to make yourselelves and your communities proud by conquering the next phases of your lives - whatever your journey may be.

Written by Tevin NKS
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