IEB matriculants achieve 98% overall pass rate

2011-01-04 00:00

WHILE hundreds of thousands of matriculants across the country anxiously await the results of their final exams, candidates who wrote the National Senior Certificate through the Independent Examination Board (IEB) achieved an overall pass rate of 98%.

There were 8 209 full-time candidates who wrote the IEB examination in 2010 in 172 independent schools. They included German schools, which offered a unique qualification assessed by the IEB for the first time. This brought the total number of candidates to 8 285. Of this number, 98,38% passed, an increase of one percent over last year’s results.

The IEB chief executive officer, Anne Oberholzer, was proud of the achievement of the 2010 matrics yesterday, saying the year also marked 21 years of existence for IEB.

“These performances reflect the dedication of the teachers … inspiring pupils and ensuring they have the fundamental knowledge and have mastered the key concepts required in each discipline to ensure future success,” she said.

As for the students, “their education, as reflected in their results, ensures them of a successful future in their selected area of study or occupation”.

The results of all the candidates who passed were good enough to secure entry to tertiary study. Just over 81% achieved entry for degree study, an increase of two percent over last year. The other 14,45% qualified for diploma study, while the remaining 2,4% can study at higher certificate level.

Almost 30% (or 2 383) of all pupils who sat the exams wrote mathematics paper 3, a subject done after hours. There were 1 414 candidates in 2008.

The IEB also ran an assessment for sports and exercise science for the first time. This was in addition to Modern Greek, introduced in 2009.

Gauteng had the most pupils, 4 463, writing the exams, followed by KwaZulu-Natal. Gauteng also the highest number of outstanding achievers at 43, as well as the highest number of commendable achievers at 26.

Of the 1 684 pupils in KZN, there were 13 and 12 outstanding and commendable achievers respectively.

“Outstanding” candidates are those who achieved a ranking within the top five percent of all IEB students in six subjects or more, while “commendable” is awarded for achievement in five subjects.

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