Some of the top 10 achievers take a group picture as they celebrate their achievement at Crawford College, Pretoria. Image by: Bongani Shilubane

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) matric pass rate has risen  to 78.2 percent, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Thursday evening.

The pass rate is a 3.1% improvement from the 75.1% achieved in 2017. A total of 400,761 candidates passed the 2018 NSC examination. 

Gauteng province has been named as the top performing province for 2018 with a 87.9% pass rate, closely followed by the Free State with 87.5%.

Motshekga made the announcement on Thursday evening at Vodaworld in Midrand.


The Matric pass rate per province: 

  • Gauteng: 87.9%
  •  Free state: 87.5%
  • Western Cape: 81.5%
  • North West: 81.1%
  • Mpumalanga: 79%
  • KwaZulu-Natal: 76.2%
  • Northern Cape: 73.3%
  • Eastern Cape: 70.6%
  • Limpopo: 69.4%