Examination Board reports matric pass rate increase

2009-12-29 12:10


OVER 97% of candidates passed this year’s national senior

certificate examination conducted by the Independent Examinations Board


Of the 97.42% who passed, 79.54% qualified for university entry,

said IEB chief executive Anne Oberholzer today.

“Another 15.27% qualify for entry to diploma study and 2.61% for

the higher certificate level,” said Oberholzer.

She said this year’s IEB pass rate was slightly up from last year’s


The IEB exams were written by 8?056 pupils from 168 schools across

the country, in accordance with the provisions of Umalusi, the quality assurance

body for general and further education and training, which has approved the


Oberholzer said they had identified 56 pupils with an “outstanding

achievement” in six or more subjects and who had achieved 80% or more in life


2009 was the second year in which the new national senior

certificate was run.

Oberholzer said the transition to the new national senior

certificate in 2008 was “seamless“, with pupils maintaining their “exceptionally

high standards of performance”.

“It is clear the combined efforts of learners and teachers, with

the support of parents and school managers, have produced results that learners

can be proud,” she said.

“Being only the second year of implementation there are areas of

the curriculum and assessment that are still settling down. New subjects such as

mathematics literacy and life orientation are establishing their credibility in

an increasingly sceptical education environment.”

Oberholzer said there was a 10% increase in mathematics learners at

IEB schools taking Mathematics Paper 3.

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