The Correctional Services department has reported a total of 79.25% of prisoners who wrote national senior certificate examinations passed in 2012.
Students who did not pass their matric have until January 21 to register for a re-marking or re-checking.
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.
Universities should partner with colleges to ensure new knowledge filters down to them.
The number of quality maths and physical science passes achieved by the class of 2011 bodes ill for SA's plans to create five million jobs by 2020.
Are the matric results a true reflection of the quality of education in SA? A lot of people are sceptical because it takes so little to secure a pass.
The system over which Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga now presides is far more stable.
Since 2004 government has emphasised qualitative passes moving away from artificial increases, writes Nick Taylor.
Let's place the truth about the 2010 matric results on the table.
It is in the interests of those who sat the 2010 matric exams that details of adjustments made to their marks be made public, the FF+ said on Thursday
Identifying three trends evident in 2010 should help legitimise the pass rate for those who remain sceptical, writes Martin Prew.
Two Johannesburg universities were flooded this week by unprecedented numbers of students seeking late admission.
Mistakes had cropped up in the national 2010 matric report and at least three schools listed with a zero pass had in fact passed, the government said.
The national pass rate for last year's matrics was 67,8%, a dramatic improvement on the 2009 pass rate of just 60,7%.
The matric class of 2010 have shrugged off setbacks from a month-long World Cup break and a teacher strike to record a rise in the national pass rate.
The 2010 matric results showed the country was on the right track, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has described the matric pass rate of 67,8% as a "significant achievement".
More than 67% of matrics passed last year's exams -- up from 60,7% in 2009, the basic education ministry announced in Pretoria on Thursday.