- Nearly all matrics who wrote the Independent Examinations Board National Senior Certificate exams have passed
- However, the total pass rate experienced a slight drop from the previous year's results
- The Basic Education Minister is expected to announce the results for the rest of the matrics later this week
A whopping 98.82% pass rate has been recorded for last year's IEB National Senior Certificate exams.
CEO Anne Oberholzer announced the slight 0.1% dip from 98.92% the previous year in an announcement on Tuesday.
Briefly.co.za reported that Department of Basic Education insiders had revealed the pass rate for the nation's matrics is expected to come in at over 80% for the first time.
The IEB students who attended private schooling included 11 818 full-time learners and 779 part-time pupils, reports News24.
Oberholzer noted that 89.51% of IEB matrics qualified to study for a degree, 7.91% qualified to study for a diploma and 1.4% for a Higher Certificate.
In the statement issued on the pass rates for last year, the IEC CEO commented that:
"Umalusi has monitored all aspects of the 2019 examination process and has declared the results to be fair and valid."
Students who wish to apply for re-marking have until Monday to apply, with the results from this set to be released in early February.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is set to announce the national matric pass rate on Tuesday, with the department scheduled to release the National Senior Certificate results on Wednesday.
Reports indicate that a mixture of extra schooling for battling students, training for teachers and a massive infrastructure boost were all lauded as contributors to the improvement in the national pass rate.
In other news, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has announced that all pupils in his province have been placed for the coming school year.
The politician is currently facing an AfriForum-led motion for his dismissal over claims of incompetence.
Among the complaints levied against him by parents in the region included that he was attempting to force students from certain demographics into township schools.
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