73.9% pass rate for NSC 2012 matrics

A total of 73.9%  matrics who sat for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) (government schools) examinations in 2012 passed their exams. 

This represents an improvement of 3.7% from 2011’s pass rate of 70.2%.

 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, who announced the 2012 NSC results at the SABC’s Radio Park in Auckland Park, yesterday (2 January 2013) said significant measures had been taken to encourage the momentous improvement in the results.

 Se said it gave him great pleasure to announced these results.   “A hearty congratulations to the matrics.

“To the learners who have excelled, the world is your oyster. To those who did not,she  reminded them of the various options that were available to them to help improve their results.”

In 2012, 26.6% of Grade 12 learners qualified for Bachelor’s studies – an increase from the year before when the figure was 24.3%. 

There was noteworthy improvement in the key subjects. The Maths pass rate for 2012 stood at 54%, up from 46.3% in 2011. Physical Science passes went up to 61.3% from 53.4% in 2011. 

The pass rate in Accounting stood at 65.6%, while a 75.8% pass rate was recorded for Geography. Economics stood at 72.8%, while the passes for History were at 86%.

Matric learners in Gauteng  achieved the highest pass rate for the NSC exams with 83.9% of the provinces’ matrics having passed. This is an improvement of 2.8% from 2011’s 81.1%. 

The Eastern Cape achieved 61.6% in 2012 up from 58.1% in 2011, an increase of 3.5%.

 Limpopo achieved 66.9%, up from 63.9% of 2011, an improvement of 3.0%.

 Mpumalanga achieved 70%, up from 64.8% and an improvement of 5.2%.

 KwaZulu-Natal achieved 73.1%, an improvement from 68.1% in 2011, an increase of 5.0%.

 The Northern Cape achieved 74.6%, up from 68.8% in 2011, representing the largest improvement by a province, of 5.9%.

 The North West achieved 79.5%, up from 77.8%, an improvement of 1.7%.

 The Free State achieved 81.1%, up from 75.7%, an improvement of 5.4%. This was the second largest improvement by a province.

 The Western Cape achieved 82.8%, down from 82.9% in 2011, a decline of 0.1%.

“Provincial Education Departments have worked very hard from the beginning of 2012. Key interventions focused on improving performance in Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, Life Sciences and Geography in particular and supporting underperforming schools and their principals. These initiatives have reaped observable dividends,” said the Minister.

She said it was by no means an easy feat to pass matric nowadays as suggested in some media reports, saying the pass requirements would be posted on the department’s website.  

Echoing Motshekga’s congratulatory message, Basic Education Deputy Minister, Enver Surty, said officials were clear about what needed to be done to help further improve the results. 

“We have to buckle up [and get it done]. I’d like to congratulate the class of 2012 for their achievements… For those who didn’t make it, there  is a second chance.”  

In 2012, 623 897 candidates sat for the NSC exams compared to 496 090 in 2011. More than 7.8 million question papers were printed and sent to exam centres, while 7.4 million scripts were distributed to marking centres as part of the national exams.

 The Department of Basic Education earlier welcomed the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training’s declaration that the 2012 NSC exams were fair, valid and credible. 

The body, also known as Umalusi, is tasked with the development and management of a sub-framework of qualifications for general and further education and training and for the attendant quality assurance. 

Motshekga thanked the department’s social partners for their continued support, saying they were ready to do even more in the coming year to ensure the continued upward trend for the national pass rate. 

“We are ready for 2013… We will continue to focus on the 3Ts – text, teachers and time,” she said. 

News courtesy of  SAnews.gov.za

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In 2012, 26.6% of Grade 12 learners qualified for Bachelor’s studies – an increase from the year before when the figure was 24.3%. 

Furthermore, there was noteworthy improvement in the key subjects. The Maths pass rate for 2012 stood at 54%, up from 46.3% in 2011. Physical Science passes went up to 61.3% from 53.4% in 2011. 

The pass rate in Accounting stood at 65.6%, while a 75.8% pass rate was recorded for Geography. Economics stood at 72.8%, while the passes for History were at 86%.