NSC pass rates in South Africa

NSC pass rates in South Africa Date Published: December 22, 2020 The Department of Basic Education released a national school subject report for the class of 2019. This report includes...

NSC pass rates in South Africa

Date Published: December 22, 2020

The Department of Basic Education released a national school subject report for the class of 2019. This report includes the pass rates of each subject taken by students in South African school.

This report helps education stakeholders identify the specific subjects where performance is poor.

National performance in 11 most popular subjects

  • Accounting 
  • Agricultural Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Economics 
  • English FAL 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Life Sciences 
  • Mathematical Literacy 
  • Mathematics 
  • Physical Sciences

Accounting

A total of 80 000 matric students sat in and wrote the Accounting exams. 62 796 students were able to pass Accounting, producing a pass rate of 78.4%.

Agricultural Sciences

92 680 Agricultural Sciences students wrote the 2019 matric exams. 69 132 students managed to pass this subject, producing a pass mark of 74.6%.

Business Studies

186 840 Business Studies students sat in to write the exams. 132 571 students passed Business Studies, producing a total pass rate of 71%.

Economics

A total of 107 940 matric students sat in and wrote the Economics exams. 74 796 students were able to pass Economics, producing a pass rate of 69.3%.

English FAL

489 072 students sat in to write the English First Additional Language exams. 477 560 students passed English FAL, achieving a total pass rate of 97.6%.

Geography

A total of 271 807 matric students sat in and wrote the 2019 Geography exams. 218 821 students were able to pass Geography, producing a pass rate of 80.5%.

History

164 729 History students wrote the 2019 History exams. 148 271 students managed to pass this subject, achieving a pass mark of 90%.

Life Sciences

A total of 301 037 students wrote the 2019 Life Sciences exams. 217 729 students passed Life Sciences, producing a pass rate of 72.3%.

Mathematical Literacy

298 607 students wrote the 2019 Mathematical Literacy exams. 240 816 students managed to pass this subject, achieving a pass mark of 80.6%.

Mathematics

222 034 students wrote the 2019 Mathematics exams. 240 816 students managed to pass this subject, producing a pass mark of 54.6%.

Physical Sciences

164 478 students wrote the 2019 Physical Sciences exams. 124 237 students managed to pass this subject, producing a pass mark of 75.5%.

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Author: Omega Fumba 

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