The PSCBC would like to congratulate the class of 2017-Matric learners, who have passed their National Senior Certificate (matric) examinations. We commend the learners, teachers, administrators and parents for their consistent dedication and commitment throughout the year.

Their pledge has assisted in the class of 2017 yielding improved results, in 2016, the pass rate was 72.5% and in 2017 we have noted the increase to 75.1%. (28.7% bachelor passes). The year 2017 had the most number of matriculates ever with just more than 800 000 sitting for the exams. We are pleased with the steady upward trend in the marks of subjects such as Mathematics, Mathematics Literacy and Physical Science and concerned with the percentage decline in subjects like Accounting, Business Studies and Agricultural Sciences.

The PSCBC would like to take this opportunity in acknowledging the challenging work conducted by our teachers. Teachers are often faced with challenges such as overcrowded classrooms with education infrastructure shortages and poor facilities and despite these challenges, our teachers work many long hours; during early hours of the morning, afternoon, weekends and holiday classes to achieve these outstanding results. Teachers, your dedication and commitment to this noble profession is commendable. The children of the poor and the working class are now afforded the opportunity to enroll at institutions of higher learning, this will change the course of their lives, their families and built quality communities.

Those candidates who did not progress, we urge you not to despair. We encourage learners who are going to exercise the Multiple Examination Opportunities (MEOs) to go back to their schools and register and take advantage of such programmes.
The PSCBC encourages all the 2017 matric students to further their studies through the various accredited academic/higher learning institutions throughout South Africa, so as to In future progress to the world of work in order to make a positive contribution towards South Africa’s economic elevation.

[Issued by PSCBC Secretariat]