The 2015 pass rate of 98.3% is only 0.08 percentage points lower than last year’s number.
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“The IEB is proud of the achievements of the class of 2015,” said IEB CEO Anne Oberholzer on Wednesday. “Learners have again shown that, with a commitment to 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.”
A total of 10,212 full-time and 563 part-time candidates wrote this year’s IEB exam – 236 more than a year ago due to eight new institutions joining the IEB since then.
All of the passing candidates’ marks were good enough to qualify for various levels of tertiary studies.
“When we talk about educating young people, it means so much more than ensuring the achievement of good results in the National Senior Certificate examinations or developing flawless technical know-how,” said Oberholzer.
“It means providing young people with the power to think for themselves, [and] to come to well-thought-through opinions that can be defended as moral, rational and socially constructive.”
The IEB said in a statement this week that no incidents had affected the integrity of the exam results. Umalusi, the quality assurance body, monitored the exams and declared the results fair and valid.
The IEB is an accredited independent assessment body operating separately from state and provincial examination boards. Most of the 200 IEB-affiliated schools are located across South Africa, with one in Mozambique and six each in Namibia and Swaziland.
The Department of Basic Education’s matric results for the rest of South Africa’s class of 2015 will be announced on January 6 2016 and will also be available on Sowetan LIVE.