Interactive graphic: Compare the country's schools by their national senior certificate pass rates.
There were scenes of nervousness and joy as matriculants from around Gauteng received their results. The pass-rate dropped nationally.
Monitoring body Umalusi says it is concerned about the discovery of group copying in matric examinations in two provinces in the country.
The Limpopo education department has urged matriculants to ensure the institutions where they want to study are registered.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's eloquence on the credibility of the 78.2% matric pass rate for 2013 lay more in what she did not say.
Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande has defended the low matric pass requirement, saying SA is becoming "dangerously elitist".
South African matrics are passing at a higher rate. But this good news does not translate for the level of maths and science teaching and learning.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced matrics achieved a pass rate of 78.2%, with the Free State getting the top marks of 87.4%.
The Correctional Services department has reported a total of 79.25% of prisoners who wrote national senior certificate examinations passed in 2012.
Matrics get their results, the world rages over the Delhi gang-rape victim, America avoids the fiscal cliff and SA's road death toll rises.
Matric results for 2012 are looking up but they have not told us enough about the deep social inequalities experienced by pupils across the country.
Education Minister Angie Motshekga has asked the country to believe that 73.9% of grade 12s are sufficiently literate and numerate to pass matric.
The Western Cape says matriculants will receive their results on time even though the department of basic education misreported the aggregate numbers.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that 73.9% of grade 12 learners passed the National Senior Certificate exams.
A total of 98.2% of students who wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations under the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) have passed.
Independent Examination Board (IEB) examination results announced on Friday were a slight improvement on last year's, it has been reported.
The matric examinations of 2012 have been declared fair, valid and credible by Umalusi, said chairperson Sizwe Mabizela.
Learners from Limpopo and the Northern Cape will not be given special treatment when it comes to matric results, says Umalusi.
Mamphela Ramphele lashed out at South Africa's education system.