Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has announced the matric pass rate for the class of 2018 – 78.2%.
The “real” matric pass rate is much lower, however, when you take the total cohort of students who started school and would eventually become the matric class of 2018.
Looking at the number of learners enrolled in Grade 1 in 2007 – the group which would reach matric in 2018 – the total was 1,002,500.
“Keeping learners in school and ensuring that they leave school with a meaningful qualification remains one of the key challenges in South Africa’s public education system.” – Equal Education
With 512,700 full-time learners writing matric in 2018, and then 78.2% of these students passing, the “real” matric pass rates comes in at 40%.
Real pass rate
The table below details the “true” matric pass rate, taking learner dropouts into account.