Hard work pays off for IEB learners

Education experts say IEB students get much more focussed attention, but that they also work hard.

File: Grade 12s at Forest Hill High School in Johannesburg anxiously await the start of their first matric exam. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While education experts say the 98.2 percent pas rate achieved by the IEB matric class of 2012 is no surprise, the Independent Examinations Board has emphasised the value of basic education.

The matriculant's results were released yesterday.

More than 8, 900 pupils at 183 private schools and an additional 534 part-time pupils wrote the matric exams uMalusi has declared fair and credible.

The class of 2012 fared slightly better than that of 2011 - who achieved a 96.15 percent pass rate.

A St John's College matriculant who has been accepted into Harvard University in the United States on Saturday told Eyewitness News that he was overjoyed.

Jacques van Rhyn was one of the top students at the Houghton school who ranked in the top one percent of candidates in the country in four subjects, including Mathematics and Afrikaans.

Van Rhyn, who also obtained an overall average of 94 percent, says he wants to study an undergraduate degree majoring in Mathematics.

"I'm very happy, I'm really excited! It's fantastic [that] my hard work has paid off."

His mother Heleen believes it is more than just Jacques' academic performance that got him into Harvard.

She says she believes it is St Johns' reputation and Jacques' charity work that got him noticed by admission officers at the Ivy League institution.

The school achieved a 100 percent pass rate.

Meanwhile, education expert Graeme Bloch has praised the IEB class of 2012.

"They did well. It's a smaller group, but it is a group that gets much focused attention so it's not a surprise; but at the same time is a sign of very hard work."

Public schools will receive their results next week.