Over 15 000 learners, who sat for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) supplementary exams, have passed matric.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga recently announced the results of the matric supplementary examinations, which took place from 17 February to 25 March.
According to the Minister, 15 030 more young people have attained the NSC, which gives them what they need to further their studies.
A total of 66 105 candidates sat for the exams at 6 168 centres across the country.
With the release of the supplementary results, the overall national performance from the 2013 matric exams is now at 80.0 per cent, up by 2.6 per cent from 78.2 per cent.
Minister Motshekga said a total of 454 809 candidates successfully attained the NSC from the class of 2013.
“We are proud of the learners who took the decision to again sit for the examinations after their set-back last year during the Grade 12 final examinations.
“Their achievement is testament to the courage, hard work and indeed perseverance,” the Minister said.
There has also been an increase in all categories of pass types, with 1 303 more candidates qualifying for admission to Bachelor Studies; 20 834 more candidates are now eligible for diploma studies and 10 763 more candidates qualifying for admission to Higher Certificate studies.
The latest results mean the pass rate in the provinces increased as follows:
- Eastern Cape from 64.9 to 67 per cent.
- Free State from 87.4 to 88.8 per cent.
- Gauteng 87 to 88.8 per cent.
- KwaZulu-Natal from 77.4 to 80.5 per cent.
- Limpopo from 71.8 to 75.9 per cent.
- Mpumalanga from 77.6 to 80.1 per cent.
- North West from 87.2 to 89 per cent.
- Northern Cape from 74.5 to 77.2 per cent.
- Western Cape from 85.1 to 86.5 per cent.