Pietermaritzburg - Despite a slight decrease in the pass rate, the performance of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has hailed the efforts of the 2015 matrics.
A total of 10 775 full- and part-time candidates from 200 schools across the country, and neighbouring countries, wrote the exams and recorded a 98,30% pass rate. This is slightly down from last year’s 98,38%. However, IEB CEO Anne Oberholzer said they were “proud” of the pupils’ achievements.
“Pupils have again shown that with commitment and hard work over their 12 years of schooling, and supported by a dedicated cohort of teachers and parents, they have achieved the first major milestone in their learning careers,” she said.
Oberholzer said all candidates who passed the examinations had achieved passes that were good enough to enter tertiary institutions at degree, diploma or higher certificate levels.
She emphasised the importance of mathematics as a subject choice, saying that come 2016, Grade 10 pupils who choose physical science and accounting would be required to also choose mathematics.
From the Class of 2015, 48% of pupils chose physical science as a subject and some 65% of full-time pupils chose mathematics.
KwaZulu-Natal had the second-highest number of candidates this year, with eight pupils from the province making the list of outstanding performers. Over 420 pupils from Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland also wrote the IEB examinations.
Local school principals said they were happy and proud of their pupils’ performances and commended the Class of 2015 on a job well done.
“I am very happy with the overall results from our school especially. The girls have a very good work ethic and maintained a balanced approach to school with sport and community work,” said The Wykeham Collegiate principal Susan Tasker.
Kearsney College emerged as the top KZN independent boys’ school for the third time in four years, with three of the school’s candidates in the country’s Outstanding and Commendable Achievement lists.
The school had a 100% pass rate, with almost 97% of pupils receiving a university exemption pass.
“While academics was Kearsney’s number one priority, a holistic education is crucial and I am thrilled that the boys achieved such fantastic results while participating fully in the excellent sporting and cultural programmes at the College,” said headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg.
Pietermaritzburg’s St John’s Diocesan School for Girls also achieved a 100% pass rate this year.
“The girls have done exceptionally well and they all worked very hard.
“Every single one of them improved on their results from the trial examination,” said St John’s deputy principal Dean Tyson.
Tyson commended the school’s top achiever, Arron Correia, who received seven distinctions.
• The closing date for applications to remark examination papers is January 8, 2016, with the results of the remarking to be released on February 1.
The closing date for pupils who qualify to enrol for the supplementary examination is February 5.