Matric results are out for learners at independent schools. The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) said this year's pass rate is lower than the year before.
The pass rate for 2020 is 98.07%, this is slightly lower than the 2019 pass rate of 98.82%.
The IEB said Covid-19 resulted in many learners postponing their grade 12 studies until 2021.
"It is interesting to note that the hard lockdown had differing impacts across schools within the IEB. Some schools were able to make a smooth transition to online teaching and learning as they had the resources available and in fact, had already been using them in the normal course of events. Their teachers were experienced in this mode of delivery, as were their learners who had access to devices and stable internet connectivity," said Anne Oberholzer, CEO of the Independent Examinations Board.
Many schools tried to adapt to the changes by introducing online learning. However, not all schools were able to do this, leaving teachers to try other methods of distance teaching.
Some teachers prepared weekly learning programmes for learners with notes, exercises and tasks.These programmes were either emailed to learners or physically collected.
Learners would then have to complete these tasks and return them to their teachers for marking and further intervention, if needed.
"The excellent performance of the Class of 2020 under very difficult circumstances, underscores the importance of the years of good, solid teaching and learning prior to the Grade 12 year. These achievements are proof that the Grade 12 year on its own does not provide the understanding, perseverance and resilience needed to achieve excellent results in the matric year – but that is the culmination of work and learning over 12 or 13 years of quality schooling," said Oberholzer.
Learners can now apply to have their exam papers remarked. Applications for remarking close on 3 March 2021, with the results set to be released on 26 March 2021.
Learners who qualify to enrol for the supplementary examination must do so before the closing date of 16 April 2021.
The provincial and national matric results for non independent schools will be announced on Monday 22 February by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.
Learners will receive their results on Tuesday 23 February 2021.