Matric Results 2004

Statistics report as at 17th January 2004. (excluding statistics for Mpumalanga pending enquiry)

  • In her statement announcing the matric results Minister Naledi Pandor stated that 460 056 full time candidates from over 6000 schools wrote over 1499 question papers.
  • A total of 32 154 markers were appointed to mark papers in 13 marking centres.
  • The results of 8 provinces were released and, as we know, the results of Mpumalanga were withheld due to alleged irregularities which were being investigated.
  • The pass rate for the eight provinces is 71.4%, which is slightly down compared with the 74.7% achieved in 2003.
  • Six of the eight provinces (Western Cape, Northern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KZN and Limpopo achieved over 70 per cent pass rate which has been set as the benchmark pass rate.
  • Minister Pandor stated “Any province that falls below this percentage can expect considered intervention from the national department and provincial departments in the immediate future. This is not because we wish to pursue a higher percentage but rather because it is important that we seek to understand what is happening in our education system”.
  • In congratulating matriculants on their achievements the Minister also stated that everyone must discourage the tendency to see matric as an ending but rather as a beginning. A beginning of lifelong learning.

General statistics regarding matric results:
  • Let’s take a look at some interesting individual statistics of the results as announced by Minister Naledi Pandor. (Bear in mind that these statistics do not include Mpumalanga).
  • The results of key subjects, known as “gateway subjects”, i.e. the exams of which are set on a national level is as compared to 2003:
      2004 2003
    Accounting 89.1% 92.2%
    Mathematics 57.2% 59.7%
    Biology 72.3% 75.2%
    Eng Second Language HG 92.1% 97.0%
    Physical Science 74.8% 81.1%
  • Although the percentages are down overall; the number of learners who passed maths (22 860) and science (25 539) at higher grade is higher than in the previous year.
  • It is interesting to note that there was an increase in the participation of girls from 148 577 in 2001 to 233 206 in 2004.
  • The percentages of boys and girls who passed are: boys – 72.7% and girls – 70.4%
  • Although there is an overall drop in percentages it is interesting to note that the number of candidates who qualified for university exemption in the provinces has increased.

Quality assurance:
  • Quality of the matric certificate is of the utmost importance in order to ensure that standards at kept at a high level.
  • Minister of Education – Naledi Pandor stated that in the past ten years much emphasis has been placed on the manner in which exams are set and conducted.
  • Systems have been vastly improved and various checks and balances put in place.
  • Recent events have indicated that more needs to be done to ensure and absolute efficient process.
  • Umalusi is the statutory quality assurance body that keeps a watchful eye on the process and they have certified that the results for 2004 were fair and credible.