The Eden and Central Karoo district made its mark this year with the release of the 2017 matric results which revealed that the region managed an above 80 percent pass rate.
The Free State province maintained its pole position by attaining 86%, a 2.2% decline from past year.
- Eastern Cape achieved 65%‚ improving by 5.7 percentage points from 59.3% in 2016 - the second largest improvement in the country.
KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga achieved above 70%.
The number of pupils who qualified for admission to university with a bachelor pass is 153‚610; the number who achieved a diploma pass for college is 161‚133; and 86‚265 obtained higher certificates (a basic pass) which allow admission to a Technical and Vocational and Training college.
The Free State Department of Education has been under provincial administration for two years now as it struggles to effectively manage its own finances.
It's been a nervous wait for thousands of matrics who are expected to get their results today.
"It is unfair to compare learners with massive access to resources and support with those who lack such access and support both at school and at home", the SACP said.
99 passed with a National Senior Certificate.
The 2017 NSC Examination results for the Western Cape candidates will only be available on this website after 14H00 on Friday, 05 January 2018.
"Traditionally, this province has put particular emphasis on the number of candidates writing and passing the NSC examinations, achieving access to a bachelor's degree pass and passing mathematics and science, as well as the performance of our under-performing schools and the retention of learners in the system", Schäfer said. "For the class of 2017 we had 107 430 registered progressed learners", said Motshekga. What you do at the school level, is what matters the most. She said 51.5% of the candidates, who wrote the 2017 NSC examinations, come from the three provinces. All instructions for this process appear on the reverse side of the Statement of Results, the department said.
There were also several major improvements in the district, with the biggest coming from Concordia High School in Knysna and Zwartberg High School in Prince Albert.
"It is clear that the schooling system is failing our learners not just in matric, but long before they reach the final years of school".
" In celebrating the Class of 2017, I must also thank the principals, teachers, and parents for the work they continue to do".
General secretary of Sadtu, Mugwena Maluleke, said it was encouraging that rural provinces are improving as that has always been the concern of the union.
Maluleke said the union was not happy about the number of bachelor passes because Sadtu believes that is where the quality needs to be measured.
"We must agree that much has been achieved, but much more needs to be done in the areas of efficiency andquality".