Nine South African schools achieved a 0% matric pass rate in 2017, according to a report released by the Department of Basic Education.

The department’s minister Hubert Mthanzima Mweli announced the news just ahead of matric results being released at a briefing in Auckland Park last week.

As dire as this news sounds, it’s an improvement on last year, when 18 schools reported a 0% per cent matric pass rate.

Five of the nine schools reporting a 0% pass rate are based in KZN, one is in Gauteng, one is in Limpopo and the remaining two are situated in the Eastern Cape.

Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says that efforts we be refocussed to aid the schools in question make sure things improve

“We know about these schools and are always concerned about such cases,” Mhlanga told EWN.

“What we do each year is we identify these schools and target them to receive support from the department. The aim is to understand exactly where the problems are and work on fixing them,” he added.

The schools with a 0% matric pass rate are posted below:

Name Of School Province % Achieved in 2016
#pupils who wrote matric in 2017
Bhongolethu Senior Secondary School Eastern Cape 37.50% 1
Isivivane Senior Secondary School Eastern Cape 52.90% 17
Fourways Adult Centre Gauteng N/A 1
Thandayiphi JS KwaZulu-Natal 10% 10
St Jude College KwaZulu-Natal 70% 1
St Martins de Porres Comprehensive KwaZulu-Natal 0% 7
Idundubala School KwaZulu-Natal 43.80% 8
Ngwanya Combined School KwaZulu-Natal 14.30% 12
Mohlotlwane Secondary School Limpopo 58.30% 21