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IEB matric class of 2020 achieves 98.07% pass rate

The board has congratulated the class of 2020 for their excellent performance in the face of a global pandemic. The IEB attributed the results to good solid teaching and learning prior to the grade 12 year.

A pupil from Reddam House in Sea Point, Cape Town takes out the results from her IEB Matric exams in 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) class of 2020 has achieved a pass rate of 98.07%, a slight decline from last year’s 98.82%.

Just over 12,000 full-time candidates and about 1,100 part-time candidates sat for the independent exams.

The board has congratulated the class of 2020 for their excellent performance in the face of a global pandemic.

The IEB attributed the results to good solid teaching and learning prior to the grade 12 year.

Eyewitness News spoke to some of the country’s IEB top achievers – one of them is Jarred Feldman from Trinity House Randpark Ridge, who achieved eight distinctions.

“I am very proud of what myself and the class of 2020 managed to do, especially considering the circumstances that we had to operate in.”

Over 88% of IEB matriculants achieved a bachelor's degree entry, while about 8% will be able to enroll for a diploma and the remaining matriculants will be able to study towards a higher certificate level.

Andi Qu from St John’s College in Johannesburg achieved eight distinctions, and he said it’s all hard work.

“I feel pretty great because I worked hard and its great to know that all my hard work paid off in the end.”

Abigail Herbst from Tyger Valley College in Pretoria, who managed to get seven As shared the same sentiments.
“I studied a lot. I put in seven to eight hours a day.”

Aliya Swart of the Western Cape’s Elkanah House achieved eight distinctions, and she had advice for the class of 2021.

“Never give up. The whole world doesn’t know what’s going on with COVID, but you must prioritise your studying and your health, and just try your best.”

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