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2023 Matric Results: check all the top performers here

The Department of Basic Education is proud to announce the Class of 2023 matric results, which has recorded the national pass rate of 82.9% an increase of 2.8% from the 80.1% in 2022!

The matric results for the National Senior Certificate exams were officially released via the Matric Results Online System on Friday, (19 January 2024) with a total national pass rate of 82.9%: Free State is the top-performing province in 2023 with 89%, followed by KZN at 86.4 and Gauteng at 85.4

The Gauteng MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, e-Government, Research and Development, Mzi Khumalo, said the implementation of the online system is done to empower learners.

“The Matric Results Online System is a testament to our commitment to harnessing the power of technology to enhance our education system,” Khumalo said.

“We believe in this case that technology not only facilitates access to information but also empowers learners to make informed decisions about the success of their education.

“This initiative aligns with our broader vision of creating a transparent and accessible education system.

“By providing instant access to matriculation results, we are fostering a culture of openness and accountability within our education sector.”

The department explained that the digital platform provides “easy access to matriculation examination results for learners, parents, and educators alike”.

The platform can be accessed at Alternatively, learners in other regions can retrieve their results from

“The Matric Results Online System is a user-friendly platform that allows learners to conveniently access their matric results on their smartphones or other digital devices as soon as the results are out,” the department said.

“It is a safe platform to use and also offers insightful data analytics, allowing learners to track their performance trends over multiple examinations.

“Parents and guardians can also utilise the app to access their children’s results, fostering a more collaborative and supportive approach to education.

“Additionally, educators can use the platform to gain valuable insights into the performance of their learners, enabling them to tailor teaching strategies to address specific needs.”

*The article was previously published in The Bulrushes.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, was beaming as she congratulated learners who have produced excellent results in their National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams.

“I stand here with an immense sense of pride as we host our best learners,” said Minister Motshekga.

“And for the year, we presented over 800 000 learners and more than 750 000 were full-time learners and to be here, I’m sure it’s unbelievable.

“Indeed, you’re ahead of the pack in so many ways,” she told the country’s cream of the crop on Thursday.”

Gauteng’s top matric achiever for the class of 2023 is Sheliza De Wet from Hoerskool Menlopark.

Minister Motshekga and Deputy Minister, Dr Reginah Mhaule, hosted a breakfast for the 2023 matric top achievers at the MTN Innovation Centre in Randburg, Johannesburg.

“I want to congratulate you and say thank you for making us very proud. Is it not so parents? You have made us really proud. For that, we’re really grateful to our children,” Minister Motshekga added.

She said their achievement was not a small feat, adding that it’s an honour that they would carry for the rest of their lives.

“South Africa stands with a sense of pride to commemorate the exceptional achievement of the 2023 top matric learners. Not matric learners, but top matric learners,” Minister Motshekga stressed.

She told the attendees that the moment was not only a celebration of academic excellence but a testament to the resilience and determination of the youngsters.

“The class of 2023 was no ordinary class and indeed it has demonstrated extraordinary perseverance. In a period marked by post-pandemic challenges, we [weathered the storm].

“And those in the public system came back to school in September and those in the public sector, we started rotating you… I always tell people that we don’t set an exam the year of the exam. Whether the pandemic hits, the [question] paper is set three years in [advance]. So, you have to sail through.”

One of the celebrated achievers, Kamohelo Mosikili, 18, from Selelekela Senior Secondary School in Bloemfontein said he dedicated his time to learning for his exams and that there was no time for games.

He told a journalist that he was planning to study computer science at the University of Cape Town as he dreams of becoming a software engineer. Some of the attendees were proud parents who could not stop smiling.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa has labelled this as a historic achievement, despite the class of 2023 facing a myriad of challenges, including learning under the difficult COVID-19 pandemic.

“To achieve an 82.9% pass rate for matriculants, whether they are for bachelors, diplomas or matric certificate, it’s a phenomenal achievement. We should be proud as a nation to have a cohort of young  people like them.” 

Below is how provinces performed:

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