Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says although the national pass rate dropped below 80% - it is much better than was expected.
The pass rate for the Class of 2020 is 76.2%.
Motshekga has announced the pass rate at a media conference in Pretoria.
The Free State has the highest pass rate
of 85.1%, followed by Gauteng with 83.3% and the Western Cape with 79.1%.
The Northern Cape and North West's pass rates both fell by more than 10% with the Northern Cape experiencing the lowest pass rate of 66%.
Motshekga says she is proud of the Class of 2020: "As much as we had a drop.
I'm really grateful to all South Africans that really helped us because in essence I was expecting a bloodbath.
And I'm very grateful and thankful to our teahers and learners who held their own in very difficult circumstances.""https://scontent-jnb1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p75x225/154099576_3984122444973443_1119759846924256612_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=3&_nc_sid=110474&_nc_ohc=p5nNkgz-DCsAX_xnoWY&_nc_ht=scontent-jnb1-1.xx&tp=6&oh=3799f025b931c3c64a6a484fa8364b0c&oe=605AC0C0"
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