These are the best and worst performing schools in South Africa

Update: The tables below have been updated to reflect the correct numbers. The Gauteng list was inaccurate due to a printing error in the Department of Education’s school performance report.

The Department of Education has announced the overall matric result for 2018, revealing a pass mark of 78.2% – marking a 3.1 percentage point increase from 2017.

Education minister Angie Motshekga delivered the results for the National Senior Certificate, on Thursday evening (3 January 2019) noting that approximately 512,700 full-time candidates, and 117,660 part-time candidates actually wrote all seven subjects of the 2018 NSC examinations.

According to the Department of Education’s School Performance report for 2018, there were 101 high schools in South Africa that have emerged as the most consistently best-performing schools over the last five years.

Each of these schools have managed to attain a 100% matric pass rate in writing the National Senior Certificate since 2014.

While all 101 schools on the list can boast the achievement, it is particularly noteworthy in the high schools where large numbers of matrics wrote and passed the exams.

Among the schools listed by the department, Hoërskool Garsforntein and Hoërskool Waterkloof in Gauteng posted the best results, with 357 and 344 matriculants passing the 2018 exams. This was followed by Hoërskool Nelspruit, which saw its 267 matrics that made up the class of 2018 going through.

The table below outlines the top 25 five-year 100% achievers in South Africa, ranked by the number of learners that passed.


The tables below outline all the schools in South Africa that have the achievement, per province.

With the top achieving schools, the department also listed 13 schools that had the worst track-record – suffering five years of below 40% pass rates consecutively.

These schools came from only two provinces – KwaZulu Natal (4 schools) and Limpopo (9 schools). These are the 13 worst performing schools in the country, ranked by their 2018 pass rate.

Read: Pass rate shocker: this is how many 2016 grade 10s went on to matriculate in 2018

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These are the best and worst performing schools in South Africa