Fingers crossed as matriculants learn their fate

2013-12-30 00:00

THOUSANDS of matriculants who wrote their National Senior Certificate exams set by the Independent Examination Board (IEB) will head into the new year knowing their fate.

The Witness will publish the IEB results tomorrow. The results will also go live on IEB’s website at midnight on December 30 for all 10 172 candidates who sat for the exams. Those who registered to receive an SMS will get it during the course of the morning of December 31.

There are 9 581 full-time and 591 part-time candidates who wrote their exams at private schools this year. This is a slight increase compared to last year — this year saw 679 more pupils write the exams than in 2012.

The IEB has always boasted for producing “consistent, reliable” results in the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate with an average pass rate of between 97% and 98% and a pass with entry to degree study between 78% and 80%. The 2012 pass rate was 98,20% compared to the previous year’s 98,15%.

Last year, 16 of KZN’s 31 private schools did exceptionally well and were among the top achievers, with smaller schools in the Midlands faring well. The public schools will have to wait another week before they can receive their results. Basic Education Minister will announce the results on January 6, with the results appearing in The Witness on January 7.

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