2021 Matric Results

Written by Liesl. Posted in Schools

RUSTENBURG HERALD - RUSTENBURG - Minister Angie Motshekga announced the Class of 2021’s Matric pass rate which, just as expected, was lower than last year’s. The results are however still something to be proud of when looking at the impact of Covid-19 on the school year.

The Matric Class of 2021 achieved a national pass rate of 76.4% which is an increase of 0.2% when compared to 2020. Even though 2021 Matrics were the most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, their results show their resilience. The Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, announced the 2021 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Matric results on Thursday night (20 January). At the ceremony, Motshekga revealed that the North West’s pass rate had seen the “third highest improvement” among the provinces, increasing from 76.2% in 2020, to 78.2% in 2021. Matsemela said a total of 41,081 North West candidates has written the final exams. Nationally 897 163 candidates sat for the 2021 NSC examination, an increase of 23.6% from 2020 and is the largest cohort that has written the NSC final exams. 733 198 were full-time learners, an increase of 20% from 2020, and 163 965 part-time candidates, which was an increase of 41.5% compared to the previous year. In the Class of 2021, 276 031 Matrics, which is 36.4% of the total Matrics, got a Bachelor’s pass with Motshekga saying, “the number of Bachelor’s is the highest attained in the entire history of the NSC exams”.
Almost half of these Bachelor’s passes came from Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng. Of the total Matric passes, 177 572 were Diploma passes, 103 122 were Higher Certificate passes and 103 Matrics passed with NSC. 211 725 distinctions were achieved, an increase of 19.3% when looking at 2020’s distinctions. In 2021, only one province achieved below 70%. Five of our provinces performed at 70% and three performed above 80%. As far as provincial Matric pass rates went, these are how the provinces performed: Free State: 85.7%, Gauteng: 82.8%, Western Cape: 81.2%, North West: 78.2%, Kwazulu-Natal: 76.8%, Mpumalanga: 73.6%, Eastern Cape: 73%, Northern Cape: 71.4%, and Limpopo: 66.7%. On Friday morning (21 January) North West Education MEC, Mmaphefo Matsemela congratulated the province’s 2021 matriculates, after the announcement of its matric pass rate of 78.2%. The class of 2021 faced the “stark realities” of living during the pandemic, said MEC Matsemela on Friday. “Needless to say, the outbreak of Covid-19, with its numerous variants and lockdown restrictions, had a devastating impact on schooling, particularly on the delivery of curriculum. Predominantly, learners experienced unprecedented learning losses, which will take ages to recover,” said Matsemela.
“In total, the number of candidates who achieved bachelor passes is 13,875 [33.8%], which is more than the previous year’s 11,820. The number of passes with a diploma is 10,794 [26.3 %], which is higher than the 9,983 of 2020,” said Matsemela. Matsemela added that 6,478 distinctions were achieved in the province in various subjects, “excluding life orientation”. The top three performing districts were as follows: Bojanala Platinum is the leading district in the North West, with 81.6%; and is ranked 18th nationally; Dr Kenneth Kaunda is second, with a district pass rate of 79.3%; and Ngaka Modiri Molema is in third place, with a district pass rate of 75.2%. Twenty-eight schools in the North West achieved a 100% pass rate in the 2021 NSC exams, while 216 schools obtained a pass rate of 80% and above, said Matsemela. Gimnasium High School was the top performing school in the province, with 214 subject distinctions, followed by Wesvalia High School with 207 distinctions, and Potchefstroom Girls’ High (186 distinctions). Kismet Combined school and Stella High school in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District achieved a 100% pass rate.
Two schools in the district obtained a pass rate above 90%, 15 schools achieved a pass rate of more than 60%, while one school had a pass rate of less than 40%.