This report provides a perspective on the Eastern Cape 2013 Matric results. It captures the performance of the 72 138 candidates who wrote the National Senior Certificate after twelve years of schooling. The report draws data from the National Senior Certificate (NSC). To amplify certain results and seek explanation an Annual National Assessment is drawn. The results shows that although the Eastern Cape has improved the Grade 12 pass rate from 50.6 % in 2008 to 64.9% in 2013, its achievement remains the lowest in the country. The report presents a statistical overview of the 2013 Matric results; explore factors possibly affecting the results and suggests a response to issues affecting education.