IEB matric results approved

2011-12-30 14:20

Pretoria - Umalusi on Friday announced it had approved the release of the 2011 results for matric exams held by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

Umalusi, the council for quality assurance in general and further education and training, said the IEB examinations were "valid, fair and credible", chairperson Sizwe Mabizela told reporters in Pretoria.

"Umalusi is satisfied that nothing has been compromised."

Mabizela said 8 281 candidates wrote IEB examinations. They wrote 60 subjects, two of which were not National Senior Certificate subjects.

He said that for 45 subjects the raw marks had been accepted, while for five subjects the marks were moderated upwards. The remaining 10 had their marks decreased.

The IEB still had to announce when the results would be released.

  • Saksak - 2011-12-30 14:40

    Let me guess - distinction for everyone and the dumbest still manage to get university entrance. If IEB is so tough why then do they all manage to pass with top marks?

      Francois - 2011-12-30 14:45

      Because they have more dedicated non striking teachers with less students in their classrooms!

      Pixie86 - 2011-12-30 14:48

      saksak, i don't understand your complaint. Maybe these schools have less student-teacher ratios, maybe they have better resources, maybe they have teachers who aren't frustrated by the constant curriculum changes by the government- maybe they only take in intellectually advanced pupils.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-30 16:19

      Saksak, the IEB exams are much tougher than the exams which are stolen and photocopied each year and pass off as 'matric'. The pupils pass because of the following, some of which is unfair but it's life: 1. Private schooling 2. Better and sober teachers 3. Better resources both for school and sport 4. Better homelife, more conducive to study 5. Better nutrition 6. Access to information via many sources 7. Access to people in general with a better general knowledge 8. Diligence from students and the money for extra classes, private tutors etc 9. A family culture of success, hence the money to attend private schools. If both your parents have degrees, honours, doctorates etc, are company directors, serve on boards, have influential friends and a wide general knowledge, that level of education is expected as fait accompli.

      Prakash - 2011-12-30 20:34

      Average of 12 pupils in a class. Syllabus is in line with first world countries. Not like the ANC government uses syllabus that is outdated and backwards. Syllabus that parents does the homework for the children thus a very high failure rate. School fully equipped with resources. Educators very well paid with benefits than what the ANC government pays. ANC government does not have money for salaries and benefits but have billions of rands for tenders for ANC government members and government staff. Schools have several sports fields for different codes of sport. Healthy mind in a healthy body.

      Koekies - 2011-12-31 16:43

      And to add insult to injury, our esteemed comrade Angie decided to ban all model c schools' bonuses to teachers! Their goes more teachers into the private sector or to IEB. So another blow for our government schools. Thank you comrade saksak for your illustration of competence!

  • Nkanyiso Llewelyn Sosibo-Rowthe - 2011-12-30 20:07

    I went to a school that wrote IEB exams , and yes the exams are harder than the government matric exams . There are several reasons the IEB candidates perform better - IEB schools are private schools where the teachers are dedicated , competent and don't strike every second day. The schools have better resources , mainly because the fees are much higher than your average government school . The learning environment is conducive to learning with smaller classes sizes , a solid curriculum that doesn't change every year etc...

      Prakash - 2011-12-30 20:16

      Well said. When you refer to "a solid curriculum that doesn't change every year" it makes so much sense. Out dated backward education is being used by the ANC government that failed in first world countries. Because of the ego by the ANC government they will not change.

      lindaawhelan - 2011-12-30 21:26

      How do you know they are harder. Have you compared both?

      Nkanyiso Llewelyn Sosibo-Rowthe - 2011-12-30 21:40

      @Linda , We used to get the government matric exams for maths and science as practise papers before our exams ( that year the government wrote their maths & science papers before us) . They were always laughably easy for even the weaker students ...

      Koekies - 2011-12-31 16:55

      You are correct Nkanyiso, Although I wrote the government syllabus I did study maths and science using the IEB papers as well and they are really tougher.

  • Thebe.Magugu - 2011-12-31 11:39

    I am so touched. I swear I fall under the 10 subjects that have been decreased :(

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