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Matric Results Stats 2023 – 76.4% Increase in pass rate

Minister Angie Motshekga announced the Class of 2023’s Matric pass rate. The matric class of 2023 pass rate showed a significant improvement with an overall pass rate of 82.9%.



The Matric Class of 2021 achieved a national pass rate of 82.9% which is an increase of 0.2% when compared to 2020. Even though 2021 Matrics were the most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, their results show their resilience.

The Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, announced the 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Matric results on Thursday evening.

The minister detailed the size and scope of the matric examinations, listing the following figures:

  • 691,690 candidates wrote the exams
  • 162 question papers were set
  • More than 10.4 million question papers were printed
  • 72,000 invigilators were placed across the country
  • 52,000 markers

Motshekga said that all provinces improved with the following results (including progressed learners):

  1. Free State: 89%
  2. KZN: 86.4%
  3. Gauteng: 85.4%
  4. North West: 81.6%
  5. Western Cape: 81.5%
  6. Eastern Cape: 81.4%
  7. Limpopo: 79.5%
  8. Mpumalanga: 77%
  9. Northern Cape: 75.8%

How To Get Your Matric Results

  • You can also register using the USSD code *120*45856#
  • SMS your exam number to 45856
  • Candidates can also collect statements of results from their schools on 23 February
  • Check your newspaper

SMSs are charged at R1,50 and R1,50 per minute on USSD.

Fewer students (691,690) wrote in 2023 than in 2022 (920,000), Motshekga said. We wish to congratulate all candidates who performed well in the examinations.

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