Class Of 2022: Minister Motshekga Announces Improved NSC Pass Rate

Johannesburg – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday released the 2022 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination results that show an improved pass rate.

“The 2022 NSC overall pass rate has reached 80.1%, (compared with 76.4% in 2021) – an improvement of 3.7% from the pass rate achieved by the Class of 2021,” said Motshekga. 

“This represents a record of five hundred and eighty thousand, five hundred and fifty five (580 555) candidates, who passed the 2022 NSC examinations – an improvement of 7.9% passes by number, achieved by the Class of 2021.

“It should be noted that, while the pass rate in a number of the Class of 2022 is the highest in the history of the National Senior Certificate examinations, when the pass rate is expressed as a percentage, that of the Class of 2019, which attained 81.3% pass rate, stands out as the highest so far”.

The basic education minister said 834 565 candidates (both full- and part-time) sat for the 2022 NSC examinations – an increase of 4.3% from 2021.  

Of those who wrote the 2022 NSC exams 725 146 were full-time candidates – an increase of 3.0% from 2021; while 109 419 were part-time candidates – an increase of 14.3% from 2021.

The number of candidates qualifying for admission to Bachelor studies at universities is 278 814 – an improvement of 8.9% from 2021. 

“This represents 38.4% of the total number of candidates, who wrote the 2022 NSC examination,” said Motshekga.

“By the way, the 2022 Bachelor passes in number, are the highest attained in the entire history of the NSC examinations; but the second highest to that attained in 2021 when expressed as a percentage.

“We must state that KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng contributed the most Bachelor passes, with 69 849 – an increase of 12.9% from 2021; and 58 119 – an increase of 4.1% from 2021, respectively.” 

The minister said that combined KZN and Gauteng contributed 127 968 Bachelor passes – an improvement of 8.7% from 2021, and 45.9% of the overall Bachelor passes nationally.

“The NSC exams are viewed by many as the second largest enterprise to the National General Elections in South Africa,” said Minister Motshekga.  

“There are lobbyists though, who continue to contest this assertion, in preference of the elections of school governing bodies.”

She said apart from managing the NSC exams for more than 920 thousand candidates, other impressive numbers included: 

  • Setting 162 question papers; 
  • Printed 10.4 million question papers; 
  • Produced 9.8 million scripts, which were delivered countrywide to 6 904 secure examination centres;  
  • 73 000 invigilators were on duty;  
  • 52 000 markers were appointed; and  
  • 187 secure marking centres.

“Some of the other features of the 2022 NSC exams included a high degree of stability in the system, albeit the irregularities reported in a few provinces,” said Motshekga.  

“There was much-improved data collection, data analysis, and data feedback processes within the DBE; and more importantly, the Class of 2022 showed the greatest determination and fortitude ever – a good sign of a maturing and resilient Basic Education system on the rise.”