All eight education districts in the Western Cape achieved over 80 percent pass rate and Schäfer singled out the Overberg district that achieved 10th place in the country out of 70 districts with a pass rate of 87.7 percent.
Motshekga also highlighted that no-fee schools had made their mark in the 2017 matric exams and out shown fee-paying schools by producing 76 300 bachelor passes compared to 67 867 from fee paying schools. This, represents a total of 401 435 candidates, who had passed the 2017 NSC examinations.
With the progressed learners included, the overall pass rate, stands at 75.1 per cent, which is a 2.6 per cent improvement from the 72.5 per cent achieved in 2016. "For the class of 2017 we had 107 430 registered progressed learners", said Motshekga.
Even though Free State dropped by 2.2% from a year ago, it retained its number one spot by being the best performing province and achieved 86%.
The learner progression policy encourages provinces to progress or condone over-aged learners who have repeated Grade 11 a couple of times and give them extra support to sit for the NSC examinations or allow them to modularise their examinations.
"To the class of 2017, we have every confidence in our 2017 NSC candidates who have worked hard throughout the school year".
"If these provinces did not do this, some of the progressed young people, could have fallen through the cracks of the system, due to continuous repetition and ultimate drop-out from the system", said Motshekga.
Registration can be done at either the school or district office in the province.
Motshekga also applauded three most rural provinces, namely Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo, which recorded an upward trend in their performances.
Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said it had been a "long, anxious wait for NSC candidates".
The number of pupils who qualified for admission to university with a bachelor pass is 153‚610; the number who achieved a diploma pass for college is 161‚133; and 86‚265 obtained higher certificates (a basic pass) which allow admission to a Technical and Vocational and Training college.
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