All eight education districts in the Western Cape achieved over 80 percent pass rate and Schäfer singled out the Overberg district that achieved 10th place in the country out of 70 districts with a pass rate of 87.7 percent.
In January 2017, a total of 27 723 learners were enrolled for matric, sadly only 25 130 wrote their NSC examinations, 2 593 learners dropped out in a single year.
The total number of candidates, who registered for the November 2017 NSC examinations, was 802,431; comprising 629,155 full-time candidates, and 173,276 part-time candidates.
With the progressed learners included, the overall pass rate, stands at 75.1 per cent, which is a 2.6 per cent improvement from the 72.5 per cent achieved in 2016.
Motshekga said the class of 2017 had recorded the third- highest enrolment of Grade 12 pupils in the history of the basic education system in South Africa.
"The "real" pass rates for each province highlights a dire situation which means that learners will not be able to enter post-school education or job market this year", Marchesi said.
The learner progression policy encourages provinces to progress or condone over-aged learners who have repeated Grade 11 a few times and give them extra support to sit for the NSC examinations or allow them to modularise their examinations.
Schäfer said learners in the province receive their results a day later due to a number of reasons. Of these candidates, Motshekga said, 534 484 full-time candidates, and 117 223 part-time candidates, wrote the examinations.
Nerves aplenty as WC matrics get ready for results
Registration can be done at either the school or district office in the province.
Free State MEC of education, Tate Makgoe, said he was very happy with the results. Just over 28% of pupils achieved a pass that will allow them to go to university.
"The WCED has counsellors available across the province should candidates need assistance", Schäfer said. Motshekga said the improved performance of the three provinces is a direct outcome of their targeted interventions.
During Motshekga's address, she said this year's results were a clear indication that teaching and learning in the education sector have improved.
Motshekga said her department is prioritising early grade literacy in response to the recent worldwide tests where South African learners fared badly in numeracy and literacy tests.
Every year the DA raises concerns over the failure by the department to improve the retention rate of learners and it seems that there is little political will to improve retention rates.
Of 2777 learners with special education needs, 77.2% passed.
"It is important to note that a total of 314 943 candidates (equivalent to 78.5 per cent), who achieved Bachelor and Diploma passes, are eligible to register for studies at higher education institutions".