IEB Pass Rate Drops Slightly


The Independent Examinations Board stated that it has recorded a slightly lower matric pass rate for 2020 than the rate achieved in 2019.


At midnight on Thursday 18 February 2021, the IEB released its matric results, which revealed that the 2020 matric pass rate was 98.07%, which was a slight drop from the 98.82% achieved in 2019.

Anne Oberholzer, the IEB CEO, announced that 88.42% of learners achieved entry to study towards a degree. 8.14% qualified for a diploma while 1.51% achieved results that allow them to study at a higher certificate level.

More than 12 000 full-time candidates and roughly 1 100 part-time candidates wrote the independent exams.

However, the IEB CEO indicated that due to the current pandemic, some matric learners chose to put their academics on hold and will likely register again in 2021.

“It is interesting to note that the hard lockdown had differing effects 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,” said Oberholzer.

Currently, National Senior Certificate matric learners are awaiting their results which they should receive on Monday 22 February 2021.

Umalusi has given the green light for the release of the results.

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