'IEB pupils have better access to quality education'

Equal Education says access to quality teaching and learning at independent schools has a major role to play in the performance of learners.

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CAPE TOWN – While the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) is lauding its 98.67% matric pass rate, Equal Education says the results are in no way a reflection of the abilities of learners.

The education rights group says access to quality teaching and learning as found at independent schools has a major role to play in the performance of school learners because the environment is more conducive to learning.

Around 11,000 pupils sat for this year’s IEB matric exams.

Equal Education’s Leanne Jansen-Thomas says this is only a fraction of the more than 700,000 learners who wrote matric at public schools countrywide this year.

“What is being provided in the independent schools is an environment that’s far more conducive to quality teaching and learning, and so those people who are at independent schools have a better opportunity to learn.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)