The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) declared itself “proud of the achievements of the Class of 2016” after its candidates achieved a pass rate of 98.67% – marginally up on last year’s 98.3%.
And, out of those who passed, all “achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study at one of the three levels”, the board said in a statement marking the release of the results at midnight.
It listed these levels:
The IEB said 11022 full-time and 703 part-time candidates wrote the IEB National Senior Certificate examinations in October and November 2016.
These were conducted in 237 examination venues across the country, which was up from 209 in 2015, “due to 10 new schools joining the IEB, as well as the fact that some institutions operate nationally with multiple examination venues to accommodate learners around the country”.
“With a commitment to hard work over 12 years of schooling, supported by a dedicated cohort of teachers and parents, these learners have achieved the first major milestone in their learning careers,” said IEB CEO Anne Oberholzer.
“There is also a clear realisation among IEB learners, their parents and their teachers that having the knowledge and understanding that lies behind the results on the certificate is far more important and meaningful for success after one’s schooling.
“To have a certificate with good results, but not the substance of learning required for success, simply means facing failure at the next step of your learning career.”
The IEB was also proud that the 2016 examinations were “conducted without any incidents that challenge the integrity of the process or the credibility of the results”.
It said Umalusi – otherwise known as the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training – had “monitored all aspects of the 2016 examination process and declared the results as fair and valid”.
The IEB statement noted that while the “incidence of dishonesty across many education systems is on the increase”, that it “has prioritised the protection of its examinations from breaches of security as far as possible, using sophisticated technology and emphasising the ethical role that educators must play in building an ethical society”.
“The IEB is conscious that any examination system is only as strong at the weakest link in the integrity chain, and is fortunate to have a strong record in the absolute protection of its examination process,” the IEB said.
IEB CEO Anne Oberholzer said the board was proud of the class of 2016 reaching its first major learning milestone, but cautioned that it was not all about the percentages on the certificates.
She stressed that it was more about the knowledge and understanding gained.
“To have a certificate with good results, but not the substance of learning required for success, simply means facing failure at the next step of your learning career,” said Oberholzer.
“The challenges of our daily lives require more than intelligence and hard work – we need people with humanity, empathy and maturity, who are confident and assertive, but most importantly, ethical and generous in spirit,” said Oberholzer.
Candidates can apply for re-marks until January 10, 2017. Results from re-marking will be released on February 1, and the closing date to enrol for supplementary examinations is February 6.