After attending another informative IEB Principals Conference, I felt that a blog was a good way to keep everybody informed of the changes happening that could affect your child’s school career.

Firstly, what is the IEB?  The IEB is the Independent Examinations Board and is the examining body whose NSC papers are written by the Grade 12s at the end of their Grade 12 year.

I in IEB stands for Independent. This means that it is a private examining body offering support and input to independent schools in South Africa, Namibia and Eswatini who wish to use them, for a fee. EB in IEB stands for Examination Board. The IEB offers support in terms of the CAPS curriculum examinations and sets exams according to the CAPS guidelines. It is therefore, a private examination setting and support agency.

A matriculant in South Africa writes an NSC examination at the end of their Grade 12,  either set by the Department of Basic Education or the Independent Examination Board – and receives a Matric Certificate from UMALUSI. UMALUSI moderates both examination paths to ensure that they comply with the content and question standards set by CAPS.

The advantage of an IEB NSC is that it is far more widely recognised by tertiary institutions globally. IEB Matriculants have gained acceptance from international universities in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mauritius, Dubai, Israel and the Netherlands.

Schools also need to know that when they say the IEB NSC is internationally recognised, they know it to be true. The IEB NSC is a Proudly South African qualification that is equivalent to the UK AS level. In addition its Advanced Programme Mathematics and Advanced Programme English are equivalent to the UK A levels.

90.65 % of IEB NSC candidates passed in 2018 with a bachelors pass, meaning that these candidates have met the requirements to enter into a tertiary institution that offers degrees.  IEB is setting the learner up for success at a tertiary level, teaching them vital skills like analysis, interpretation and problem solving.  I have no doubt that having an IEB NSC is an advantage to a matriculant in the current economic situation.

Mathematics versus Mathematical Literacy

The Maths Lit Project ended at the end of 2018.  In that project it was possible for the learner to offer Maths and Maths Lit and then at certification time decide which one they would like to be on their Matric certificate.  This offered a life line to the learner who was offering Maths but was perhaps struggling, they could do Maths Lit and then decide which would be of greater help to be on their matric certificate.  This option is no longer possible, but what has replaced it, is the possibility to offer Maths Lit as an 8th subject.  However, there are limitations to this, if the learner is offering Physical Sciences they may not offer Maths Lit as an 8th subject as that has to have the combination of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.  Should the learner who is offering Physical Sciences fail Mathematics and perhaps pass Maths Lit, that does not constitute an NSC pass as Mathemetics is crucial for Physical Sciences.

Supplementary Examinations

2019 is the last year that the IEB will be offering Supplementary Examinations.  Should a learner need to rewrite or write an examination, they will now have to wait for the following year’s writing cycle in October/November.  For this reason it is of utmost importance that learners are well prepared for all examinations at the end of Grade 12 and strive to be as healthy as possible as should they miss an examination, it will be a full year before they are able to write and thus certification will be delayed.

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