IEB Records 98.07% 2020 NSC Pass Rate Ahead of Exam Result Release

IEB Records 98.07% 2020 NSC Pass Rate Ahead of Exam Result Release

- The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has released the matric results of 2020

- 98.07% is the pass rate for IEB students with 88% of students qualifying to study towards a Bachelor's degree

- A number of learners withdrew from writing their matric exams but the board is pleased with the results

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The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) is doing very well for itself and has secured a pass rate of 98.07% in the 2020 Matric examinations. The Covid-19 pandemic caused a few disruptions during the academic year so this comes as good news to the board.

The IEB exam results were released at midnight. The examination standardisation body, Umalusi, did thorough checks to make sure that the papers were marked correctly and that they were valid.

IEB CEO Anne Oberholzer said that 88% of the students passed with a Bachelor's degree entry, 8% received a diploma pass and 1% achieved the entry to study for a higher certificate.

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According Oberholzer, Covid-19 caused a number of learners to withdraw from Matric and decide to pursue it this year, 2021.

IEB records 98.07% 2020 NSC pass rate ahead of exam result release

IEB has recorded a 98.07% 2020 matric pass rate despite Covid-19 disturbances. Image: Per-Anders Pettersson
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"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,” said Oberholzer.

However, some schools were unable to cope with the online learning model because the teachers and learners did not have the resources to do so.

“The excellent performance of the class of 2020 under very difficult circumstances underscores the importance of the years of good, solid teaching and learning before the Grade 12 year," Oberholzer said.

In other education news, reported that the integrity of the 2020 Matric exams is not compromised. The Department of Basic Education has addressed the matter of the leaked 2020 Matric Final Exam papers.

Education Department: Integrity of 2020 Matric Exams Not Compromised

Speaking during a media briefing on Sunday ahead of schools reopening, Hugh Amoore, chairperson of the National Investigations Task Team commented on the ordeal. The Department is adamant that the exams as a whole were not compromised despite the breach in security.

While insisting that the overall integrity of the Physical Sciences 2 and Mathematics 2 papers were not compromised, the department says that the full extent of the leak may never be uncovered.

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