Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has announced the Matric results for the class of 2023. Motshekga announced the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination statistics at the Mosaïek Church in Randburg, Gauteng on Thursday.

The Class of 2023 concluded their final examination paper on 6 December 2023.

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Minister Motshekga also hosted the learners and parents for a congratulatory breakfast earlier in the morning. The learners across the various provinces will be able to collect their results from their respective schools on Friday, 19 January.

  Minister Angie Motshekga announces Class of 2023 Matric results
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga

MEC for Education in Limpopo Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya is expected to announce the provincial results at the Ranch, outside Polokwane on Friday.


The 2023 NSC overall pass rate has reached the 82.9% mark, compared with 80.1% in 2022, and 76.4% in 2021. An improvement of 2.8%, and 6.5% from the pass rates achieved by the Classes of 2022 and 2021, respectively. 


Free State 89.0%
KwaZulu-Natal 86.4%
Gauteng 85.4%
North West 81.6%
Western Cape 81.5%
Eastern Cape 81.4%
Limpopo 79.5% [The most improved province]
Northern Cape 77.0%
Mpumalanga 75.7%

Aggregation according to gender

56.4% of the total number of candidates who wrote the 2023 NSC exams were girls, while 43.6% were boys. More interestingly, 82.9% of both the girls and boys passed the exams.  42% of the girls, and 39.6% of the boys, who wrote the 2023 NSC exams, attained Bachelor passes; while 26.1% of the girls, and 28.6% of the boys, attained Diploma passes.  14.8% of the girls and 14.6% of the boys, attained Higher Certificate passes.  66.4% of the distinctions were attained by female candidates.

District level performance

None of the 75 districts attained pass rates lower than 60%. Only one district in the country performed below 70% and 19 districts performed between 70% and 79%. 55 districts performed at 80% and above.

The top ten district level performances in the country in the descending order, are as follows –

 First, is Johannesburg West in the Gauteng, with 92.5%. Second, is Motheo in the Free State, with 91.2%. Third, is Tshwane South in Gauteng, with 90.4%. Fourth, is Umkhanyakude in Kwazulu-Natal, with 90.0. Fifth, is Fezile Dabi in Free State, with 89.6%. Sixth, is Ugu in the Kwazulu-Natal, with 89.5%. Seventh, is Thabo Mafutsanyana in the Free State, with 89.4%. Eighth, is Ilembe in KwaZulu-Natal, with 88.6%. Nineth, is Gauteng North in Gauteng, with 88.4% and Tenth, is Zululand in Kwazulu-Natal, with 87.2%.