Matric results: Western Cape in 3rd spot

Western Cape matriculants will descend on high schools this morning to get their matric results.

The 2017 national matric pass rate is 75,1%, an increase of  2,6%, from 72,5% in 2016.

Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education Minister, made the announcement during the release of the national senior certificate results at the SABC’s Auckland Park offices on Thursday 4 January.

The top performing province in 2017 remains the Free State which had an 86% pass rate, down 2,2% from 2016.

Gauteng was the second strongest province achieving 85,1%, the same pass rate as in 2016.

The Western Cape moved from second in 2016 to third in 2017 achieving 82,7%, a decline of 3,2%  from 2016

The results will also be available online on the department of education’s website – www.westerncape.gov.za/dept/education and will be live from 14:00 on Friday 5 January.

What the different matric passes mean
Higher Certificate Pass: is a minimum 40% for 3 subjects (one of which must be a Home Language), a minimum of 30% for a further 3 subjects, and a fail in a 7th subject is permissible.

Diploma Pass: is a minimum of 40% for 4 subjects (one of which must be a Home Language), and a minimum of 30% for the other 3 subjects. You are permitted to fail a subject but you must have a year mark pass for the subject failed.

Bachelor’s Pass: is a minimum of 50% for 4 subjects (you must achieve a minimum of 40% for a Home Language), and a minimum of 30% for the other 3 subjects and you can’t fail a subject.

This is how the matrics will now face the future
For the learners that have passed with a Higher Certificate Pass it means that you have a matric, well done and congratulations. With a Higher Certificate Pass you can’t further your studies at a University of Technology or University but certificate courses at Health and Beauty Schools, Chef Schools, IT Colleges and much more is available. One can also participate in “in house training” at casinos, hotels, cruise ships etc. If you want to further your studies you will have to upgrade the results achieved by enrolling for “bridging courses” which are offered by accredited FET Colleges. The emphasis is on accredited.

The Diploma Pass means that you have passed matric and gain provisional entrance to study at a University of Technology straight away, but not a University. As with the Higher Certificate Pass, you can upgrade your matric by taking bridging courses, so that you can meet the minimum requirements needed to get into the course you want to study. Qualifications that are offered by Universities of Technology are called diplomas i.e. a Chiropractor.

The Bachelor’s Pass is the best possible pass level you can achieve, and it qualifies to provisional entrance to study at any tertiary institution in South Africa, as long as you have met the requirements for that particular degree or diploma.

Please note the use of the word provisional entrance for Diploma and Bachelor’s pass. An example is if you want to study engineering at UCT the university’s requirement may require an 80% as the minimum in mathematics, which may preclude you from being accepted for engineering if your mark is only 60%. Please make sure you are clear on what marks you need to gain entrance for the course you want to study.