Education department denies lowering mathematics pass requirements reports

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The Department of Basic Education says social media post suggesting that the minimum pass requirements for mathematics have been “lowered to 20%” for Grades 7 to 9, is fake news.

The department has advised parents not to believe the false reports, which have appeared in various news platforms.

Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the fake news was initially reported in 2016 and has since resurfaced.

“The fact is that the department has not lowered the pass requirements for mathematics in grades 7, 8 and 9. And we have noted that there are articles that have been shared on social media in which people are also discussing the decision by the department; the so-called decision when in fact, there is no decision. All that is taking place is people are basically sharing an old article of 2016 and even that old article did not quite accurately capture the truth.”

Matric results

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the 2019 matric results on the 07 January 2020 and SABC Education will release the matric results to all learners across all nine provinces who registered on its database on the morning of 08 January 2020.

Acting SABC Spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo says all Grade 12 learners are eligible to use the SABC’s 2019 matric results service from 05 December 2019 until 31 January 2020.

“Learners are advised to register on one of SABC Education matric results mobile services to access their results and should use their 13 digits ID number and exam number to register on the platform of their choice to access their results.

In 2018, more than +/-400 000 students received results via the SABC Education SMS and USSD services.”

Learners are encouraged to register on the following mobile services to receive their 2019 matric results:

MatricsMate App

  • Download the MatricsMate App for free from Google Play and Apple App Stores
  • You will need your 13 digits ID number and exam number to register
  • You will be able to view your results on the app as soon as they are available


  • SMS your exam number to 45856
  • The system verifies the exam number; your exam number must be correct in order to be accepted.
  • Learners will be charged R1-50 per SMS, free SMSes do not apply


  • Dial *120*45856# enter exam number to register
  • You will be charged R1-50 per minute
  • Results will be sent to your phone as soon as they are available

Learners are also encouraged to contact the matric results centre on 011 507 4630 should they have any queries relating to registration. The centre is opened Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm, however, on the day of the release of the results; the call centre will operate from 6am to 5pm.