2013 IEB pass rate climbs to 98.6%

2013-12-31 09:26

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The Independent Examinations Board’s (IEB) matric result pass rate for 2013 increased to 98.6% this year from last year’s 98.2%.

“[A total of] 9 580 full-time and 586 part-time candidates from 185 schools across the country wrote the ... IEB National Senior Certificate examinations in November 2013,” IEB CEO Anne Oberholzer said in a statement today.

“All candidates who passed achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study at one of the three levels.”

A total of 85% of pupils who wrote the IEB matric exam will be able to study towards a degree, 12% qualified for entry to diploma study and 1.5% can study towards a higher certificate.

In 2013, an additional 621 pupils wrote the IEB exam due to four new schools joining the system and increased pupil numbers at other institutions. Besides the schools in South Africa, 13 schools in Namibia, Swaziland and Mozambique also wrote the IEB exams.

Oberholzer said 55 pupils completed a combined NSC-Abitur qualification offered by German schools in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. This allowed them access to university study in South Africa or Germany.

Also released yesterday were the results of the IEB advanced programme (AP) courses. Oberholzer said the curricula and assessment of the advanced programme courses offered in English, Afrikaans and mathematics were benchmarked as equivalent to A-level courses in the UK.

“These courses are available to Grade 12 learners in IEB schools, as well as schools that write the state NSC examination.”

Out of the 2103 candidates who wrote AP mathematics, 81% passed. Of the 555 candidates who wrote AP English, 96.2% passed.

AP Afrikaans was offered for the first time in 2013 and a 100% pass rate was achieved.

Oberholzer said the exams were problem-free and approved by Umalusi, the council for quality assurance in general and further education and training.

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