Despite the Class of 2021’s challenges, the overall pass rate for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) for the year is 76.4%.
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This represents a 0.2% increase over the Class of 2020’s pass rate of 76.2%.
Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister, announced the results of the NSC examinations in Auckland Park on Thursday evening, 20 January 2022, saying this represents a record of 537 687 candidates who passed the 2021 NSC examinations – a 21.9% increase from 2020.
A total of 897 163 candidates sat for the 2021 NSC examination, a 23.6% increase from the previous year.
Motshekga noted that the number of Bachelor passes obtained in 2021 is the highest in the history of the NSC examinations; however, when expressed as a percentage, it is second only to that obtained in 2019.
“The number of candidates qualifying for admission to Bachelor studies at universities, is 256 031 – an improvement of 21.4% from 2020. This represents 36.4% of the total number of candidates who wrote the 2021 NSC exams,” the Minister said.
The number of candidates who passed with a diploma is only 177 572, representing 25.2% — an improvement of 17.8% from 2020.
Meanwhile, the number of candidates who passed with Higher Certificates stands at 103 859, representing 14.9% of the total number of candidates who wrote the 2021 NSC combined exams.
Two hundred eleven thousand seven hundred twenty-five distinctions were earned, representing a 19.3% increase over 2020.
“We must state that KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng contributed the most Bachelor passes in the combined Bachelor passes of 117 704, which is equivalent to 46.0% of the overall Bachelor passes nationally. “It is important to note that a total of 433 603 candidates – equivalent to 61.6% who achieved Bachelor and Diploma passes, are now eligible for studies at Higher Education Institutions. The 103 859 candidates – equivalent to 14.7% – who obtained Higher Certificate passes, may register at TVET and other skills training institutions,” the Minister said.
Overall Provincial Performance is as follows:
- Free State was the best performing province with an 85,7% pass rate.
- Gauteng came in second with 82,8%.
- Western Cape was third with 81,2%.
- North West achieved fourth place with 78,2%.
- KwaZulu-Natal was fifth with 76,8%0.
- Mpumalanga was sixth at 73,6% – a decline of 0,1% from 2020.
- The Eastern Cape took seventh place with 73,0%.
- The Northern Cape finished at eighth place with 71,4%.
- Limpopo finished ninth with 66,7%.
The 2021 National Senior Certificate School Performance Report reflects the following pass rates for local high schools:
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- Amajuba High School: 94.6%
- Ferrum High School: 96.8%
- Islamic College Newcastle: 100%
- Lincoln Heights Secondary: 85.5%
- Hope High School: 97.6%
- St Oswalds: 94.9%
- Newcastle High School: 96.4%
- Amadada High School: 73%
- Amazulu High School: 70.2%
- Bethamoya High School: 87.3%
- Osizweni High School: 74.2%
- Xolani High School: 62.5%
- Dannhauser Secondary: 97.8%
- Emalahleni Combined School: 80.3%
- Utrecht High: 94.1%
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