Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that the 2019 DBE matric pass rate is 81.3%, with an improvement of 3.1 percentage points.
The Free State has retaken its position as the top province with 88.4%, followed by Gauteng with 87.2% and the North West 86.8%.
KwaZulu-Natal has 81.3%, the Western Cape 82.2%, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape 76.5%, Mpumalanga 83.3% and Limpopo with the lowest at 73.2%.
No province has achieved less than 70% in the pass rate.
Motshekga officially announced the results in Midrand, Johannesburg, on Tuesday.
Over 790 000 learners countrywide sat for last year’s national senior certificate exams.
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