The Congress of South African Students (Cosas) say it’s confident that the 2017 matric pass rate will be better than the previous year’s.

The matric class of 2016 achieved a 77.5 % pass rate. Cosas believes there will be a marked improvement in the performance of learners especially those from rural and township schools.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the results in Auckland Park in Johannesburg on Thursday evening.

Cosas’s Nkhobo Khomongoe says, “We’re confident enough that local schools and township schools have made it and made it in numbers, and not just with school leaving, they’ve made it with good results that are going to make them accepted in any institution of higher learning that they’ll be applying to, that’s number one; number two: we’re hoping that the pass rate has improved from where it was last year to another level.”