Earlier this evening, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga revealed that the 2016 matric national pass rate was 72.5%, up from 70.1% in 2015.

During her speech, the minister also highlighted other key figures, including the provincial pass rates,  number of pupils who passed vs those who wrote vs those who registered and the number of girls and boys who passed vs the number of girls and boy who wrote.

To break these key figures down for you, we’ve created these simple infographics to paint a clearer picture.

Please note that we’ve included results including condoned pupils, as opposed to those excluding them. In last night’s announcement the Department of Education released two passrate figures, including a higher one which took out results for pupils who have been progressed during their schooling. As this is not an apples-to-apples comparison with other years, and we see no reason why progressed pupils shouldn’t be included in overall results, we will only report on the combined figure.

Provincial pass rates

This year’s pass rate is the second highest in NSC history, according to the minister.

Percentage change from 2015

Only two provinces, Limpopo and Mpumalanga, saw declines in their pass rates this year. The Northern Cape and Gauteng made the biggest jumps at 9.3% and 9% respectively, while the North West saw the lowest increase.

The 2016 matrics are the largest cohort in the history of basic education to sit for any NSC examination in the country.

In 2016, a total of 158 160 distinctions were achieved.  In the 12 key subjects (including Maths, Physical Science, Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, among others), the total number of distinctions increased to 65 154 in 2016, from 63 348 in 2015.