Over 300,000 matriculants headed for tertiary education

Minister of basic education Angie Motshekga, deputy Minister of basic education Mohamed Surty and the country’s top achieving matric students of 2017 celebrate their achievements at a breakfast held in Sandton, 4 January 2018.  Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday said that more than 300,000 matriculants have passed their high school education with entrance into tertiary education institutions.

During the release of the 2017 matric results in Johannesburg, Motshekga said that the total number of candidates who registered for the November 2017 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations was 802,431; comprising 629,155 full-time candidates, and 173 276 part-time candidates.

Of these candidates, 534,484 full-time candidates and 117,223 part-time candidates, wrote the 2017 NSC examinations

“It is important to note that a total of 314,943 candidates, an equivalent to 78.5 percent, who achieved Bachelor and Diploma passes, are eligible to register for studies at higher education institutions,” Motshekga said.

“The 86,364 candidates, an equivalent to 21.5 percent, who obtained certificate passes, may register at [Technical Vocational Education and Training] TVET Colleges and other skills training institutions. We encourage the 133,049 candidates, who did not make it, to register for the Second Chance programme.”

Motshekga said that a total of 161,081 distinctions were achieved in 2017, an improvement of 1.8 percent from 2016.

KwaZulu-Natal contributed the most distinctions with 28 percent; Gauteng with 22.4 percent; Western Cape with 15.5 percent; Limpopo with 9.5 percent; and Eastern Cape with nine percent.

“It is remarkable to note that the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo produced a combined 46.5 percent of the total distinctions achieved nationally,” Motshekga said.

 Siphelele Dludla /African News Agency