'Outstanding' IEB class of 22 records 98.42% pass rate

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The IEB schools class of 2022 'had to work hard to maintain their drive and perseverance to succeed'. Photo: Jaco Marais
The IEB schools class of 2022 'had to work hard to maintain their drive and perseverance to succeed'. Photo: Jaco Marais

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has seen a slight increase in the matric pass rate, from 98.39% in 2021 to 98.42% last year.

This after 12 580 full-time and 945 part-time candidates sat for their National Senior Certificate (NSC) in October and November last year. In 2021, 12 857 full-time and 968 part-time candidates wrote these exams.

IEB chief executive Anne Oberholzer said:

The performance of the 2022 cohort of pupils was outstanding.

Of the matriculants who passed, 89.32% achieved a pass that grants them entry to degree study, 7.52% qualified for entry to a diploma, and 1.57% qualified for entry for a higher certificate.

READ: Umalusi approves release of matric results this week

Said Oberholzer:

There is enough credible research on the impact of Covid-19 on the educational aspects of children to provide insight into where we are at, in coming out of the pandemic almost three years later. It is therefore fair to say the 2022 cohort of learners were hardest hit by the impact of the pandemic when it broke in 2020, when they were in their Grade 10 year.

READ: Class of 2021 exceeds expectations

She said that, while the Grade 12 classes of 2020 and 2021 had managed to adapt to a new reality under the pandemic, the class of 2022 was most affected, having missed out on normal schooling in their grade 10 and 11 years, which are fundamental to the good performance of a matriculating cohort.

"They have had to work hard to maintain their drive and perseverance to succeed and, in many respects, dig deep to play catch-up in terms of lost time and experiences. The social and emotional impact of the pandemic on pupils cannot be overlooked. The dedication of the teaching community to implementing various strategies to support their classes during this black swan event is exemplary," Oberholzer said.

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