‘Small’ dip in IEB matric pass

2012-01-04 07:17

The marginal dip in the overall results of matriculants who wrote their National Senior Certificate exams through the Independent Examination Board (IEB) is not cause for concern for the board.

Last year, 8 281 pupils from 173 schools across the country – 205 more than in 2010 – sat for the examination, yielding a 98.15% pass rate compared with 2010’s 98.38%.

Of the 8 281 pupils who wrote the exam, 153 failed.

IEB chief executive Anne Oberholzer attributed the decline to new schools joining the board last year.

“In the scheme of things, a 0.2 percentage is a small number in the overall picture. We are talking about eight to 16 learners at most.

“I think I would attribute it to new schools joining us. School usually need a transition period to settle and get used to the exams. But it is not a matter we are concerned about,” she added.

Gauteng had the most candidates with 4 365 pupils who wrote the IEB exams in 83 schools last year when compared to only two schools in the Northern Cape with only 35 candidates.

Of those who passed, a large majority (81.67%) achieved a degree entry pass, while 14.3% qualified for diploma study and 2.11% achieved higher certificate entry.

While results were transported to all 173 private and independent schools across the country yesterday, pupils would only know their fate today.

News agencies were barred from publishing the results until 5am this morning.

Those pupils who registered with the board’s text hotline also received their results around 6am this morning.

Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will officially announce the results of public schools through a live telecast starting at 6pm this evening on SABC1.

She is expected to reveal the national average, top achievers and elaborate on the overall picture and percentages of each province.

Provinces will announced their top achievers tomorrow, the day the results will also be available in schools.

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