President Jacob Zuma on Thursday congratulated all the matriculants who sat through their National Senior Certificates (NSC) examinations in 2017, saying that the Grade 12 learners have been consistently improving pass rate since the dawn of democracy in the country.

“We welcome the fact that the pass rate has consistently improved since the democratic dispensation, especially since the reconfiguration of Education into two separate departments namely Basic Education on one hand and Higher Education and Training on the other hand,” Zuma said.

“This reaffirms government’s focus on education as an apex priority and the greatest enabler of the society as well as a key aspect of our programme of Radical Socio-Economic Transformation.”

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced that the 2017 NSC overall pass rate, with the progressed learners included, stands at 75.1%, a 2.6% improvement from the 72.5% achieved in 2016.

The Class of 2017 has recorded the third highest enrolment of Grade 12 learners in the history of the basic education system in South Africa.

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