The Western Cape’s Class of 2020 achieved a matric pass rate of 79.9%, which is a 2.4% drop from the 82.3% pass rate obtained in 2019.
The 79.9% pass rate means that for the first time since 2010, the province has not able to achieve an 80% pass rate.
“While all provinces saw their pass rates decline – an understandable outcome during a pandemic that severely disrupted schooling around the world – I am pleased to report that our pass rate has suffered the least of any of the provinces.”
“While we have seen a decline in the “pass rate”, there are many things to celebrate. Despite the lockdown, the disruption to the school calendar, and the uncertainty throughout the year, we have seen that the quality of our matric passes has once again improved,” Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer said.
At provincial level the Western Cape came in the third position trailing behind the Free State, which achieved an 85.1% pass, and Gauteng with a 83.8% pass.
Nationally, the matric class of 2020 achieved a pass rate of 76.2% compared with 81.3% in 2019.
The provincial performance was as follows:
- Free State – 85.1%
- Gauteng – 83.3%
- Western Cape – 79.9%
- KwaZulu Natal – 77.6%
- North West – 76.2%
- Mpumalanga – 73.7%
- Limpopo – 68.2%
- Eastern Cape – 68.1%
- Northern Cape – 66%