Mpumalanga Matric Results 2016 – 2020

Mpumalanga Matric Results 2016 – 2020

As a province, Mpumalanga has experienced a fluctuating matric pass rate between the years 2016 and 2019. In 2019, the province was finally able to move their matric pass rate into the 80 percentile range. 

Here is everything you need to know about the Mpumalanga matric pass rates from 2016-2019. 

Year by Year

The province has not experienced a yearly incline in their results. After an 80.3% pass rate in 2019, the 2020 academic year showed promise. 

However, since the disruptions caused by the coronavirus, it is uncertain what will happen. 

Jan Badenhorst, the CEO of Skills Academy made an educated assumption below. 


In 6th place out of all 9 provinces, Mpumalanga ended 2016 with a matric pass rate of 77.1%. Despite being close to an 80% pass rate, this was 1.5% lower than the previous year. 

2016 was the year that saw the highest number of matriculants writing final exams. That was until 2020 where over 1 million students are set to write.


Dropping by over 2% from 2018, Mpumalanga saw a matric pass rate of 74.8%. 

It was this year that the province was unable to reach the national average matric pass rate. This was said to be due to the service delivery protests that greatly disrupted the academic exams. 


2018 finally took the province to a matric pass rate of 79%, beating the results of 2016. The province was finally able to move above the national average of 78.2%


2019 matric pass rates brought great news for the province. They had finally entered into the 80 percentile range at 80.3% 

They were, however, unable to beat the national pass rate at over 81%. 


Jan Badenhorst, the CEO of Skills Academy said the following about his predictions for the 2020 academic year: 

“With Mpumalanga really struggling with their pass rates in 2016 and 2017; this is going to be a real test of how good they can hang on to the gains they made in 2018 and 2019.

I predict their numbers will drop significantly; down to around 76%.”

Author: Andrea Frisby 

Last Updated: 17 November 2020

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