Motshekga applauds matric class of 2023 for highest pass rate

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The Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has commended the matric class of 2023 for achieving the highest pass rate in the history of the National Senior Certificate Examination since the dawn of democracy.

The class of 2023 has achieved an 82.9% pass rate, an increase of 2.8% points, compared to the 80.1% pass rate of 2022.

Motshekga released the 2023 national matric results in Randburg, Johannesburg, last night.

“This is the highest percentage pass since the dawn of democracy. We have more bachelor passes and distinctions from this group and we applaud it. The number of learners qualifying for bachelor degrees stand at 40.9%. So, we’ve reached 40.9%, we are shy of ten per cent to reach our NTP codes.”

The teachers’ union South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) says some of the Basic Education Department’s interventions to improve the quality of learning and teaching have helped to enhance the 2023 matric results.

Class of 2023 | Quality of learning outcomes has shown consistent improvement: Angie Motshekga

Motshekga announced the results in Johannesburg on Thursday night. The class of 2023 has achieved an 82.9% pass rate.

This is up by almost three percentage points from the 80.1% pass rate of the class of 2022. SADTU’s General-Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke says more interventions are needed to improve the quality of education especially in rural areas.

SADTU’s General-Secretary, Mugwena Maluleke, “The matric improvement programmes that are there in various provinces especially in KwaZulu-Natal, where we are really spending a lot of our resources there, so we will continue to hope it will make some improvements. The Eastern Cape also where Fundza is a programme that we have started long time ago and that is starting to bear some fruits. Because we are adopting indigenous approach for the languages. So these are some of the interventions. Of course there are many other interventions, the camps and so on are improving the results.”

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