In total, 9 580 full-time and 586 part-time candidates from 185 schools across the country wrote the IEB National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in November. All candidates who passed achieved a pass good enough to enter tertiary study at one of three levels: 85% achieved entry for degree study; 12% qualify for diploma study; and 1.5% achieved entry for study at the Higher Certificate level.
Independent Examinations Board CEO Anne Oberholzer said the pass rate achievement was the result of many years of hard work from candidates.
“It is true too that good teaching and access to learning resources do assist, but without the commitment of a pupil to play his or her part, it is impossible to have this success,” Oberholzer added.
“I must emphasise the role played by teachers and parents in supporting these young people to reach this important milestone.”
This year saw an increase of an additional 621 pupils writing the IEB examination.
The increase is accounted for by four new institutions that joined the IEB, and an increase in pupil numbers at existing schools.
The 2013 IEB results include those of 55 candidates who wrote the Combined NSC-Abitur – a joint German/South African qualification with a minimum of nine subjects written in three of the German schools in South Africa: Deutsche Schule Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.
Up to four of the subjects are NSC subjects offered through the IEB, and the remaining subjects are Abitur subjects through German education. All these pupils have passed well enough for study at South
African or German universities.