Matric results 2016: Bachelor's passes for more than 150 000 pupils
The 2016 national matric pass rate is 72.5%, an increase of 1.8% from 70.7% in 2015.
The announcement was made by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga during the release of the national senior certificate results in Midrand, Gauteng on Wednesday evening.
A total of 610 178 full-time candidates wrote the exams.
A total of 151 830 matriculants achieved bachelor’s passes in the 2016 matric exams, including 78 878 from quintile one to three schools and 72 952 from quintile four and five schools.
At least 548 schools notched up a 100% pass rate compared to 470 in 2015.
The performance of pupils in maths and physical science also improved marginally, from 49.1% (2015) to 51.1% in maths and from 58.6% to 62% in physical science. A total of 8 070 pupils bagged distinctions in maths and 7 043 in physical science.
Excluding pupils who were progressed into grade 12, the Free State recorded a 93.2% pass rate, the highest in the country. The second best performing province was Western Cape (87.7%) followed by Gauteng (87%) and North West (86.2%).