Matriculants behind bars scores 77.3% matric pass rate

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Inmates serving in South African correctional facilities have registered an impressive 77.3% matric pass for the 2018 academic year.

Just 2% lower than the 79.42% national average, this results represent a 1.4% increase from 2018 76.7% pass rate.

A total of 235 inmates sat for the National Senior Certificate examination. Of these, 185 wrote seven subjects and above. 67 received bachelors while 46 scored diplomas; with another 30 obtaining higher certificate qualifications.

One of the most notable is 52-year-old Simelane Abdulla Elijah; the eldest matriculant from a Department of Correctional Services (DCS) school in Barberton who also achieved a bachelor’s pass.

A total of four DCS schools in Durban Westville, Cradock, Baviaanspoort and Rusternburg Correctional Centres achieved a 100% pass rate.

This is a third uninterrupted 100% pass for Usethubeni School in Durban Westville.

A total of 28 distinctions were recorded at the school.

Minister Masutha will preside over an award ceremony, honouring the 2018 top achievers at Durban Westville Correctional Centre on 8 January 2019.


The Class of 2018 produced an overall pass rate of 78,2%. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga made the announcement in Midrand, this week. Motshekga says the results are encouraging and are an illustration that the system is working.

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