2022 Matric Class: Minister Zulu Congratulates Grant Beneficiaries

Pretoria – Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has congratulated grant beneficiaries in the Matric Class of 2022 who passed their exams and encouraged those who did not do well to rewrite or pursue other available opportunities to succeed.    

More than 590 000 of the 922 000 learners who registered for the 2022 National Senior Certificate (NSC) were recipients of social grants.

The minister noted that the learners “wrote their final Grade 12 examinations during the most difficult period marked by many disruptions including Covid-19”.

The results on the performance of the 2022 Social Grant Beneficiaries (SGB) who wrote the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate examination show an impressive increase in performance between the years 2020/2021 and 2021/2022, in all provinces. 

The overall increase now sits at 8.7 percentage points from 0.2 % in 2020/2021. 

Ranking of the social grant beneficiaries’ performance by province:

  • Gauteng Province was the best performing province at 81.59%, followed by; 
  • Free State (76.19%), KwaZulu-Natal (75.73%), 
  • North West (74.19%), and Northern Cape (71.23%). 
  • The three provinces with similar levels of performance are the Eastern Cape (68.66%), Mpumalanga (68.49%) and; 
  • Western Cape (68.49%). 
  • Limpopo is the province with performance below the 60% threshold at 59.65%.

“Last year, saw more female social grant beneficiary learners sitting for their NSC examination at 256 902, as compared to 191 490 males. A trend that has been observed in previous years,” said Minister Zulu. 

“The overall male pass rate was reportedly higher at 72.5% compared to the female, which is at 70.39%. 

“This is observed in all provinces except in Gauteng, where 81.86% of females performed slightly better than their male counterparts who obtained 81.21%.”

The minister reminded grant beneficiaries who applied and were accepted at tertiary institutions that they will not be “means tested” when applying for financial assistance with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). 

“We want to take this opportunity to encourage the learners who did not pass to remain hopeful and not panic or give up on their dreams. It is during this period that families and friends should show support,” said Minister Zulu.

“For those whose results were not as good as expected, not to give up as many opportunities are still available for them to succeed. 

“Information, advice, and guidance on what to do next is available and I would urge the learners to use these opportunities fully to improve their results. 

“I also want to encourage the parents to be supportive to their children as parental involvement has long been identified as having a clear and positive relationship to the success of young people regarding educational performance as well as protection from alcohol and drug abuse.”