The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) class of 2021 has achieved a 98.3% pass rate in the matric examination. Results were released at midnight last night. This is slightly higher than the 2020’s pass rate of 98.06%. All candidates who achieved a pass that is good enough to enter the tertiary study at one of the three levels.
The class of 2021 experienced disruptive changes of an unprecedented nature over a period of two critical years in their academic careers.
She says the class of 2021 has had to dig deep mentally and emotionally to find the strength to face the tremendous challenges of a radically changed teaching and learning environment:
“We are very proud of the class of 2021, they have achieved a 98.3% pass rate. I think quite a lot of the challenges that impacted the class of 2021 is the fact that they have had 2 years of schooling affected by COVID-19. They had to get used to a completely new way of working with online learning.”
There’s no doubt that online learning cannot replace a good teacher in a classroom. However, Oberholzer says access to technology is what allowed learners to pass grade twelve.
She has acknowledged the strain and stress teachers have undergone to adjust their teaching style in order to adapt to an online environment.
“If one good thing has come out of the pandemic, it’s that technology and education can no longer be ignored. We have to extend the opportunities of online learning to the most vulnerable in society.”
It seemed that a year of online schooling in grade 11 prepared the class of 2021 for the changes to their learning patterns in matric.
18-year-old Riki Toubkin also from King David High School says the challenge of the year was missing out on social interactions. The teenager obtained 9 distinctions in all his subjects with a 95% aggregate.
“It’s a dream to be on the outstanding list. It’s a great feeling, very rewarding. Academics is the only real place where you are in competition with yourself. Our school was brilliant, they didn’t falter at all. Online school was the same as in person. The only thing you missed was the social aspect. Hopefully, I’m going to the states to study medicine.” Results from the National Senior Certificate Examination will be released Wednesday night.
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