The Division of Fundamental Training (DBE) has revealed the matric outcomes for the 2020 cohort, with the group reaching a cross charge of 76.2%.
This can be a drop of 5.1 share factors in comparison with the 2019 matric cross charge (81.3%). A complete of 607,226 candidates entered for the November 2020 NSC examination, whereas a complete of 578,468 college students sat and wrote the exams.
Presenting the outcomes on Monday (22 February), Fundamental Training minister Angie Motshekga mentioned that regardless of the drop she was happy with the outcomes as she was anticipating a ‘blood tub’ as a result of difficulties expertise by learners in 2020.
Chief amongst these was the Covid-19 lockdown which reduce down on accessible educating and studying time by nearly a full time period, she mentioned.
College students additionally confronted the potential for having to re-write their maths and science papers after the exams leaked early, giving rise to safety considerations.
“I’m very completely satisfied that within the midst of all of the difficulties we’re capable of keep at 76.2%, with extra high quality passes this 12 months.”
She added that extra learners acquired extra Bachelor Diploma passes in comparison with final 12 months’s cohort, whereas there was a 13.1% enhance within the variety of distinctions that college students achieved.
The cross charges at a provincial stage had been as follows:
- Free State: 85.1%
- Gauteng: 83.8%
- Western Cape: 79.9%
- KZN: 77.6%
- North West: 76.2%
- Mpumalanga: 73.7%
- Limpopo: 68.2%
- Japanese: 68.1%
- Northern Cape: 66%
Motshekga mentioned that the nationwide provincial cross charges are additionally partially skewed as they included ‘progresses learners’ who wouldn’t usually have written matric exams in a conventional faculty 12 months.
The matric examinations began on 5 November 2020 and the ultimate papers had been written on 15 December 2020.
The later begin, the Fundamental Training Division mentioned, allowed faculties and learners sufficient time to cowl the curriculum.
Marking of the 2020 matric exams began on 4 January 2021 and concerned 45,000 matric examination markers, 216 query papers, and over 10 million scripts.
This was the seventh cohort of candidates to put in writing the NSC examination that’s aligned to the nationwide Curriculum and Evaluation Coverage Assertion (CAPS), a curriculum which is benchmarked towards worldwide requirements.