Sup exams pay off for matrics

MATRIC pupils who rewrote their final exams made the best of their second chance, with their results pushing the country's overall matric pass rate to a record 80%.

However, the Eastern Cape, despite a 2.1 percentage point increase, still lags behind its provincial counterparts and remains bottom of the 2013 class with an improved 67%.

The supplementary exam results, released by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga yesterday, also saw the Free State – which was named the top achieving province when the initial results were released in January – toppled by its then runner-up North West, which yielded an overall 89% from the initial 87%. The original national pass rate was 78.2% - Zandile Mbabela

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