The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has recorded a 98.92% matric pass rate for 2018 compared to 2017’s 98.76%. The IEB exam results were released at midnight. Umalusi‚ the examination standardisation body‚ monitored the marking and results and declared the results to be fair and valid‚ according to a statement released by the IEB. It said 11,514 full-time and 858 part-time candidates from 249 examination centres across Southern Africa wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. This is up fractionally from 11,464 full-time candidates and 666 part-time candidates in 2017.

All successful candidates achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study at one of the three levels: 90.65% (compared to 88.50% in 2017) of the cohort achieved entry to degree study; 7.33% (compared to 8.95% in 2017) qualified for entry to diploma study; and 0.95% (compared to 1.30% in 2017) achieved entry for study at the higher certificate level. In 2018, the list of designate...

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