80% of IEB matrics qualify for university

2012-01-04 10:14

Pretoria - More than 80% of matriculants who wrote the 2011 examinations set by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) achieved marks good enough for university entrance.

The IEB on Wednesday announced that of the 8 281 pupils who wrote the IEB's national senior certificate in 2011, 98.15% passed.

"It is important to note that all learners who have passed the NSC offered by the IEB have qualified for entry to further study at the higher certificate level, diploma level or degree level," the IEB's chief executive Anne Oberholzer said.

A total of 14.37% achieved a pass rates that would qualify them to study towards a diploma, while 81.67% achieved marks that would allow them to get into university.

According to a statement released by the IEB, the 98.15% pass rate was comparable to that of 2010, when 98.38% of IEB pupils passed.


The IEB expressed concern that almost five percent fewer pupils wrote physical science papers. Some 52.3% of all IEB students sat the physical science examinations in 2010, while in 2011 it was only 47.4%.

"A key purpose of schooling is to prepare our young people to take up their place in adult society, be it at an institution of further learning or be it in the workplace. Whatever they do it is critical that they are trainable," Oberholzer said.

There were 56 IEB pupils who sat the combined abitur-NSC examinations offered by the German schools in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Of those, 55 passed with entry to tertiary study in both South Africa and Germany.

IEB pupils are expected to receive their results on Wednesday.

Last week Umalusi, the council for quality assurance in general and further education and training, said matric exams managed by the basic education department and IEB were valid, fair and credible.

  • Deon - 2012-01-04 10:19

    Well done, public schools could learn from you.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-04 11:51

      Privatize education completely! Maybe then we can have an educated youth and a secure future.

      Pauline Hanekom - 2012-01-04 12:21

      Now if private school teachers could just teach public school teachers how they do it!

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 12:59

      If the government weren't so damn stupid. They have just made it illegal for parents bodies to give public school staff bonuses. I guess they will do anything to try and make themselves look better. All the best teachers are heading for private schools, so this is no surprise to me. ---> You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong!!!

  • Betweenuandme - 2012-01-04 10:22

    80% of IEB matrics quality for university - Err, qualify perhaps?

      Pulverturm - 2012-01-04 10:28

      LOL not sure the author of this article quality for university :P

      Wouter - 2012-01-04 11:21

      Well spotted!!

      fredahsm - 2012-01-04 12:24

      Well done! Between u & Me, it reads "80% of IEB matrics qualify for university nt quality, I know there are many spelling errors, but your spotting the difference is off the loop this tym. Last para, line 1 reads "the council for quality assurance"

      Eish - 2012-01-04 12:25

      Put your glass on. Stop fabricating a story where the is none

      PyroSA - 2012-01-04 16:50

      These articles can be edited after being published. It could have been corrected. Typo's spelling mistakes do slip through, it's not that serious.

  • jordan.forssman - 2012-01-04 10:29

    Spell check, please. Facepalm! How can you have such a basic error on a topic related to Education?

      Eish - 2012-01-04 12:18

      Who would do proofreading/press F7 button if editors in chief is on holiday or is having a festive hangover

  • Bongani - 2012-01-04 10:36

    This great news. When will we be happy at the end of the year when we see the public schools' results? In this country we need to start giving kids grants when they achieve a certain academic level, not encourage them to make babies. Until we see the light about education, we will continue forth into a dark future.

      Schalk - 2012-01-04 10:43

      Naturally the public school results will improve on last year as they pushed the standard down a bit to compensate. Why do we not see any INDEPENDANT review results on the standards year-on-year?

  • Michele - 2012-01-04 10:42

    Yes - what happened to proof-reading! How many people must that have slipped past? worrying.....

  • Prakash - 2012-01-04 10:50

    Well done, ANC government public schools can learn from you.

      Garth - 2012-01-04 12:00

      I wonder who it is that is `thumb down'ing your comment. Maybe it is because the syntax needs work; giving people the impression that you are supporting the anc, when in actual fact . . ..

  • Nak3dPeanut - 2012-01-04 12:19

    I think the problem with privatization of education is that it leads to greater inequalities between the poor and the rich. Private institution cost a lot more, and I know I went to one (and I'm very grateful for that). We were able to do the GDE Matric Mathematics paper by Gr10 without problems! Whilst friends in government schools could barely do fractions! So we definitely need some national education standards authority that governs all schools to be on par with the IEB. That said we run into other issues such as securing competent teachers for government schools which usually lack resources.. I don't know how we can solve these issues, as they have a compounding effect. Money is obviously one way to entice teachers, but corruption sucks valuable funds out of our schooling systems. So if you can afford it, send your child to a private (IEB) school. It's definitely worth it!

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 13:03

      Give everybody a tax rebate for private education. It will relieve the pressure on public schools, reduce class sizes and improve education. You do not strengthen a nation by striving for mediocrity, so stop trying to punish those who can afford private education. They are the job creators of tomorrow, just be grateful that they are there.

      Nak3dPeanut - 2012-01-04 13:13

      @Gungets I'm not sure if your comment was at me or the government, but i'm not saying settle for mediocrity , but rather raise the bar of government schools to that of IEB. I think the tax rebate is actually quite a good idea.

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 14:16

      Government. They are already aiming at the top public schools, putting a stop to extra payments for teachers, paid by governing bodies. They just cannot stand being shown up, by private schools, by well run Model C schools. Rather make everybody average, that way you can hide your lack of ability in the crowd. For the record, my daughter goes to a private IEB school, my son to a world class government school. They have a hugely active Old Boys society and a brilliant governing body that compensates teachers more than the government does, but now they want to stop that. Where there's a will, there's a way and we will keep our good teachers.

      Lloyd - 2012-01-04 16:46

      quick solution. Destroy SADTU and standards will improve.

      Sizwe - 2012-01-04 17:53

      @Gungets. When I went to School(private), the fees or part thereof were tax deductible.

  • Karabo - 2012-01-04 12:38

    Well done! This is great news....

  • riaz.moola - 2012-01-04 13:10

    IEB isn't all it's jacked up to be. You can go to a private/model C school and write government exams and go as far or further. Just don't fool yourself into thinking IEB is some super curriculum or something..

      Gungets - 2012-01-04 14:33

      Riaz - IEB is accepted internationally. Government matric, not so much. In South Africa you get no extra credit for IEB but it is definitely a more difficult exam, and you will find IEB students have a lower drop-out rate at University.

      riaz.moola - 2012-01-04 20:32

      @Gungets - nothing in your comment is true at all. It is obvious that that is what you want to believe rather than a reflection of reality! 1.) IEB students having a lower drop out rate at university: If we take a sample of people who wrote matric with me, some wrote IEB and some wrote Matric. Of those who are still in university, most are the students who wrote Government. As a matter of fact the majority of IEB students I know did NOT go to universities but rather 'colleges' such as Vega, Varsity College, DUT. It is just not true that IEB students have a lower dropout rate at uni, so do NOT claim it unless you have hard evidence you can point to.

      riaz.moola - 2012-01-04 20:47

      2.) IEB is not accepted internationally. To say a qualification is 'accepted intentionally' is dodgy at best and another weak argument people use against/for qualifications. A 'true' international qualification is something like IB ( which is accepted by universities in the UK, US and around the world. The POINT of that qualification is to be used internationally, the point of our matric be it IEB or Gov. is not that, it's more for study in SA! Let's look at the University of Oxford. From under South Africa: "South African Senior Certificate (with Matriculation endorsement) is unlikely to be sufficient for candidates to make a competitive application. Exceptional candidates may be admitted for subjects where there are no specific subject requirements, but it is very unlikely for candidates to be admitted for subjects with specific requirements." The same holds for Cambridge. Bottom line is you need 13 years of school study for entry to an English university (be it Manchester, York...) or the correct A-Levels/IB which can be done in less than 13 years - hence no matric will be accepted to apply for entry. Full stop.

      riaz.moola - 2012-01-04 20:57

      Scotland is an exception and WILL accept either IEB or Gov matric (Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh are not even aware of the difference between them) because their degrees are a year longer since their schools only last 12 years - just like us. As for the US, as far as I'm aware you need SATs ontop of any matric and you can apply (know a guy in NY with gov matric who did this). So no, don't make it seem like every university in the world has the same perception of IEB that you have and do not even think for a second that they will look down on a government matric the way you do. They simply do not know the difference or care because to them it /does not matter at all/. Only snobby South Africans will try tarnish the name of a government matric when a 'private' alternative arises and it is a *total sham*. FYI with a government matric I have been accepted to the University of Edinburgh (approx #20th in the world) and The California Institute of Technology (approx #1 in the world For both applications I presented my government matric will pride and was NEVER questioned about it. And no I didn't have a million distinctions, I have 6 A's and an average < 90%. I'm sorry to say the reality doesn't fit your perfect picture of IEB being a much much stronger qualification than a government matric - only in your little world my friend - the rest of the world honestly couldn't care less about the difference.

      riaz.moola - 2012-01-04 21:09

      3.) "IEB is definitely a more difficult exam" - no! You get no extra credit for it in South Africa because you deserve absolutely no extra credit for it and you will not get any extra credit for it anywhere else in the world. I can take out my gov. matric life sciences paper right now and a friends IEB life sciences paper /of the same year/ and show you where 40-50% of the papers questions and copied *word for word* with the same diagrams and marking scheme. I can show you the same in the IT exam of the same year where slight variations are made in the practical work. IEB may do different poems for English - groundbreaking right? Fact is, when you get into engineering physics at a South African university, the first thing we were told is to forget everything we learned in matric physics. Thats right, IEB or Gov. it doesn't matter, they are both a very similar level of work. Even IF IEB does cover more content (and I know it covers maybe ONE extra section in the entirety of physics that being a very easy section on optics) the point of matric exams is to prepare you for our universities - and at universities lecturers do not CARE if you did IEB or Gov. because the differences are totally irrelevant. I know this is true for university phys, maths, cs, stats and bio from 1st hand experience. I don't know where you get your perceptions from - maybe it was true many years ago that IEB was alot stronger than gov. exams, but I assure you that this is no longer the case.

  • John - 2012-01-04 18:28

    Still won't get them into university if they wrong colour!

  • Don - 2012-01-04 19:34

    great just imagine when they all have university degrees. Gosh in my days that was unheard of. Will it also be jobs for 80% ?

  • Greg - 2012-01-10 09:30

    This is very bad news. To many young adults are going to be "professionals" only to find there are no jobs available. There will be to many professionals, with to few professional jobs. The scale is now way out of balance.

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