Matric Results from 2016-2020

Matric pass results from 2016-2020

Date Published: September 21, 2020

Matric pass results from 2016-2020

Country wide, the results from 2010-2020 were as follows:

Department of Basic Education

  • 2010: 68% pass rate
  • 2011: 70% pass rate
  • 2012: 74% pass rate
  • 2013: 78% pass rate
  • 2014: 76% pass rate
  • 2015: 71% pass rate
  • 2016: 73% pass rate 
  • 2017: 75% pass rate 
  • 2018: 78% pass rate 
  • 2019: 81% pass rate 
  • 2020: 76% pass rate

Total number of candidates that wrote:

  • 2010: 537 543 
  • 2011: 496090
  • 2012: 623897
  • 2013: 654723
  • 2014: 688660
  • 2015: 799306
  • 2016: 828020
  • 2017: 651707
  • 2018: 796542
  • 2019: 787171
  • 2020: 1,058,699

Provincial Results

Even though 2019 hit an all-time high, each province fared differently. With some provinces scoring higher than others, here is the provincial breakdown for matric results over a 9 year period. 

Eastern Cape 

In 2019, the Eastern Cape matric results experienced the highest improvement in its pass rates. 2019 saw the matric pass rate at 77%, up from 6% the year before.

 2017 saw the Eastern Cape pass rate at 66%. In 2016, the Eastern Cape held the worst pass rate at 63%

Here are the matric results from 2010-2020:

  • 2010: 58%
  • 2011: 58%                                         
  • 2012: 62%
  • 2013: 65%
  • 2014: 65%
  • 2015: 57%
  • 2016: 63%
  • 2017: 66%
  • 2018: 71%
  • 2019: 77%
  • 2020: 68%
Click here to read more about the Eastern Cape matric results for the last 10 years.
 
Free State 

The Free State has kept its pass rate above 80% since 2016. With 2018 being the highest at 91%, 2019 followed with a pass rate of 88%. 

Here are the matric results from 2010-2020:

  • 2010: 71%
  • 2011: 76%
  • 2012: 81%
  • 2013: 87%
  • 2014: 82%
  • 2015: 82%
  • 2016: 88%
  • 2017: 90%
  • 2018: 91%
  • 2019: 88%
  • 2020: 85%

Click here to read more about the Free State matric results for the last 10 years.

Gauteng 

 Gauteng managed to score a pass rate of 87% in 2019.

Here are the matric results from 2010-2020:

  • 2010: 79%
  • 2011: 81%
  • 2012: 84%
  • 2013: 87%
  • 2014: 85%
  • 2015: 84%
  • 2016: 87%
  • 2017: 86%
  • 2018: 89%
  • 2019: 87%
  • 2020: 84%

Click here to read more about the Gauteng matric results for the last 10 years.

KwaZulu-Natal

The matric pass rate of KwaZulu-Natal has experienced a rise each year from 2016.  

The results were as follows:

  • 2010: 71%
  • 2011: 68%
  • 2012: 73%
  • 2013: 77%
  • 2014: 70%
  • 2015: 61%
  • 2016: 66% 
  • 2017: 74% 
  • 2018: 77% 
  • 2019: 81% 
  • 2020: 78%

Click here to read more about the KwaZulu-Natal matric results for the last 10 years.

Limpopo

Similar to KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo has experienced a steady increase in their matric results since 2016. Starting at 63% in 2016, the pass rate improved by 4% in 2017. 2018 also saw an increase to 71%.

Here are the matric results from 2010-2020:

  • 2010: 58%
  • 2011: 64%
  • 2012: 67%
  • 2013: 72%
  • 2014: 73%
  • 2015: 66%
  • 2016: 63%
  • 2017: 67%
  • 2018: 71%
  • 2019: 73%
  • 2020: 68%

Click here to read more about the Limpopo matric results for the last 10 years.

Mpumalanga 

Mpumalanga has experienced a fluctuation of results since 2016. However, 2018 took the results into the 80 percentile range at 80% 

Here are the matric results from 2010-2020:

  • 2010: 57%
  • 2011: 65%
  • 2012: 70%
  • 2013: 78%
  • 2014: 79%
  • 2015: 79%
  • 2016: 77%
  • 2017: 77%
  • 2018: 80%
  • 2019: 80%
  • 2020: 74%

Click here to read more about the Mpumalanga matric results for the last 10 years.

Northern Cape 

Also fluctuating since 2016, the Northern Cape pass rates were as follows:

  • 2010: 72%
  • 2011: 69%
  • 2012: 75%
  • 2013: 75%
  • 2014: 76%
  • 2015: 69%
  • 2016: 79% 
  • 2017: 78% 
  • 2018: 75% 
  • 2019: 77% 
  • 2020: 66%

Click here to read more about the Northern Cape matric results for the last 10 years.

North West 

The North West saw its biggest improvement in 2019 with its matric pass rate at 87%. This was a 3% improvement on the 2018 results.

Here are the matric results from 2010-2020:

  • 2010: 76%
  • 2011: 78%
  • 2012: 80%
  • 2013: 87%
  • 2014: 85%
  • 2015: 82%
  • 2016: 83%
  • 2017: 82%
  • 2018: 84%
  • 2019: 87%
  • 2020: 76%

Click here to read more about the North West matric results for the last 10 years.

Western Cape 

Last but not least, the Western Cape has managed to retain a matric pass rate of over 80% since 2016. Their results from 2010-2020 are as follows. 

  • 2010: 77%
  • 2011: 83%
  • 2012: 83%
  • 2013: 85%
  • 2014: 83%
  • 2015: 85%
  • 2016: 88%
  • 2017: 84%
  • 2018: 83%
  • 2019: 82%
  • 2020: 80%

Click here to read more about the Western Cape matric results for the last 10 years.

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The quality of provincial pass rates

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Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College gives an overview of the results of the past ten years.

Options If You Are Unhappy With Your Results 

It might happen that you are not happy with your matric results. You have until the 26th of March 2021 to apply for re-marking, re-checking or viewing of your examination paper. 

To apply, you must fill in an application form for re-checking and re-marking. You will be able to find these forms at any District offices and your respective school. These application forms will also be made available at examinations centres where students wrote.

The fees are structures as follows:

  • Re-mark: R120
  • Re-check: R29 
  • Viewing: R234 

Please keep in mind that a viewing of the exam paper can only be done after a re-mark or a re-check. The applications for this close 7 days after the release of the respective re-mark or re-check. 

Any candidate that is from a non-paying school or who have been granted a concession on school fee payments do not have to pay for the remarking of rechecking. 

Withheld Results 

Examination irregularities will mean that your matric results will be withheld. You can either:

  • Contact your school or district office and ask why your results are being withheld. 

OR 

  • You can appeal in writing and apply to write the May/June examinations. 

Rewriting 

All students are given a second chance to write their matric exams in June 2021. This can be either because you want to improve your results or because you did not pass the first time. 

Students who were absent during the combined November examinations can also write at this time. Applications close on the 26th of March 2021. 

IEB

Education Specialist, Jan Badenhorst, prediction for IEB 2020 Matric Results below:

  • 2010: 98.38% pass rate
  • 2011: 98.15% pass rate
  • 2012: 98.20% pass rate
  • 2013: 98.56% pass rate
  • 2014: 98.38% pass rate
  • 2015: 98.30% pass rate
  • 2016: 98.67% pass rate
  • 2017: 98.76% pass rate
  • 2018: 98.92% pass rate
  • 2019: 98.82% pass rate
  • 2020: 98.07% pass rate

Total number of candidates that wrote:

  • 2010: 8285
  • 2011: 8281
  • 2012: 8959
  • 2013: 10166
  • 2014: 10451
  • 2015: 12160
  • 2016: 11022
  • 2017: 12130
  • 2018: 12372
  • 2019: 12597

IEB 2020 Matric Results Released

The 2020 IEB Matric Results have been released. The IEB averaged a total of 98.07% for their matric finals

Although the pass rate for 2020 was lower than in 2019, the IEB matriculants were still able to stay within the same 98 percentile range.

This is an incredible achievement for the IEB with all the school days that were missed due to COVID-19. 

The pandemic and fewer school days have not seemed to make much of an impact on the IEB matric results of 2020.

Whilst this is the lowest that we have seen the IEB matric results for some time, the IEB pass rate has not dropped below 98% for over 10 years.  

  • 88.42% of IEB matrics from the year 2020 achieved Bachelor’s Degree passes: This is slightly lower than the 89.51% of BD passes in 2019.
  • 8.14% of the 2020 IEB matrics achieved a diploma pass. In 2019, the number of diploma passes were lower at 7.91%. 
  • 1.51% of the IEB class of 2020 achieved higher certificate passes. 1.4% of the IEB matrics of 2019 received a higher certificate pass.

Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College takes us through the IEB Matric Results released today, 19 February 2021.

IEB 2020 Matric Results Achievements

The IEB (Independent Examinations Board) Matric Exam results for the Matric Class of 2020 will be released on Friday, 19 February 2021.

IEB Matric students can get their results as follows:

Author: Andrea Frisby 

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