The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) is boasting a matric pass rate of 98.82% this year, up from the 98.82% in 2018.
All candidates who passed achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study at one of the three levels:
89.51% (compared to 90.65% in 2018) of the cohort achieved entry to degree study.
7.91% (compared to 7.33% in 2018) qualified for entry to diploma study.
1.4% (compared to 0.95% in 2018) achieved entry for study at the Higher Certificate level.
11818 full-time and 779 part-time candidates from 227 examination centres across Southern Africa wrote the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in October and November 2019. This is an increase from 2018 when there were 11 514 full-time candidates and 858 part-time candidates.
Umalusi has monitored all aspects of the 2019 examination process and has declared the results to be fair and valid. There is a clear realisation among IEB learners, their parents and teachers that having the knowledge and understanding that lies behind the results on the certificate is far more important and meaningful for success after one’s schooling.
The closing date for the application for re-marking is 13 January 2020 and the results from re-marking will be released on 6 February 2020 subject to approval from Umalusi.
Advanced Programmes 2019
The Advanced Programme courses are extension courses in Mathematics, English and Afrikaans. They are available to any learner in South Africa attending either state or independent schools that choose to participate. The assessment has been benchmarked by UK NARIC, the UK equivalent of the South African Qualifications Authority, and is considered equivalent to the UK A-levels.
The 2019 performance in AP Mathematics, consisting of 1351 learners from IEB schools and 993 learners in state schools, has been very pleasing with 67.36% achieving a pass above 40%. From a total of 624 learners offering AP English, 93.86% achieved a pass mark of 50% or above; all learners offering AP Afrikaans achieved a mark of 40% and above.