IEB matrics score 98%

2016-01-06 06:00

DESPITE a slight decrease in the pass rate, the performance of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has ­hailed the efforts of the 2015 matrics.

A total of 10 775 full- and part-time pupils from 200 schools across the country, and neighbouring countries, wrote the exams and recorded a 98,30% pass rate.

This is slightly down from last year’s 98,38%. However, IEB CEO Anne Oberholzer said they were “proud” of pupils’ achievements.

Oberholzer said those who passed the examinations had achieved passes that were good enough to enter tertiary institutions at degree, diploma or higher certificate levels.

She emphasised the importance of mathematics as a subject choice, saying that from 2016, Grade 10 pupils who choose physical science and accounting would be required to also choose mathematics.

From the Class of 2015, 48% of pupils­ chose physical science as a subject and some 65% of full-time pupils chose mathematics.

KwaZulu-Natal had the second-highest number of candidates this year, with eight pupils from the province making the list of outstanding performers.

Local school principals said they were happy and proud of their pupils’ performances and commended the Class of 2015 on a job well done.

“I am very happy with the overall results from our school especially.

“The girls have a very good work ethic and maintained a balanced approach­ to school with sport and community work,” said The Wykeham Collegiate principal Susan Tasker.

Kearsney College emerged as the top KZN independent boys’ school for the third time in four years, with three of the school’s candidates in the country’s Outstanding and Commendable Achievement lists.

The school had a 100% pass rate, with almost 97% of pupils receiving a university exemption pass.

Pietermaritzburg’s St John’s ­Diocesan School for Girls also achieved a 100% pass rate this year.

“The girls have done exceptionally well and they all worked very hard.

“Every single one of them improved on their results from the trial ­examination,” said St John’s deputy principal Dean Tyson.

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