Free State Matric Results 2016 – 2020

Free State Matric Results 2016 – 2020

Since 2016, the Free State has managed to keep its matric pass rate in the 80 percentile range. Having had the highest matric results in 2019, they remain the province to beat with the 2020 matric exam results. 

Here is everything you need to know about the Free State matric results from the year 2016 to 2019 plus a 2020 academic prediction.

Year by Year

In terms of their matric pass rates, the Free State is one of the strongest provinces. Shifting their position between first and second place since 2016, here are their pass rates over the period. A 2020 prediction is also included by Jan Badenhorst, the CEO of Skills Academy


2016 saw Free State as the top-performing province with an 88.2% pass rate. This was a great improvement on the year before at 6.6% higher.

This province was the province to beat for the 2017 matric results even though the 2016 group of matriculants was one of the largest in history. 


Once again, 2017 saw the Free State as the top-performing province when it came to their matric results. 

The year ended strong with an 86% matric pass rate that left all other provinces behind. 


Beaten out by Gauteng, the once top-performing province scored an 87.5% pass rate. Even though they lost their place as the top-performing matric province, they still saw an improvement in their pass rate. 

Still, Free State did not drop below their 80 percentile rage, a testament to the education of the province. 


This was the year that the Free State had its highest matric pass rate to date. With an 88.4% pass rate, they once again ranked first out of all 9 provinces in terms of matric results. 

For the class of 2020, the Free State will be the province to beat. 


Educational professional, Jan Badenhorst, gave the following predictions of how the 2020 matric results can be expected to pan out. 

“The Free State has a history of very strong matric results. So I hope that the impact of the pandemic is not as big in Free State schools as it will be in most of the other provinces. My prediction is that their results will drop to around 86%.”


For more information about the matric pass rates over the years, click here.

Author: Andrea Frisby

Last Updated: 13 November 2020

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