The Benefits Of IEB
Through its assessments, the IEB aims to develop young people who are life-long learners, critical users of information, have good problem-solving skills and are creative and reflective thinkers.
The IEB philosophy has an impact on the manner in which children are taught in lower grades as they must be able to apply knowledge and not just repeat it.
Apart from the National Senior Certificate written at the end of Grade 12, the IEB provides additional assessments that complement teaching and learning. These include:
- International benchmark tests in partnership with the Australian Council for Educational Research in Language (Grades 3 to 10), Mathematics (Grades 3 to 10), Reasoning (Grades 3 to 10) and Science (Grades 3 to 8)
- Subject-specific assessments in Grade 9
- Assessment in Mathematics in Grade 11
- Core skills tests in Grade 6
School-leavers who have gained an IEB matric are known to fare well at university, locally and abroad. It is worth emphasising that South African school-leaving examinations are benchmarked against the education systems in most foreign countries where young people wish to further their studies.
Just as it is the case with many local universities, IEB students who wish to study abroad are often required to write entrance tests. However, the United Kingdom’s National Recognition Information Centre highlights the following:
- The features of the IEB National Senior Certificate indicate a qualification with an underlying level that is both robust and fit for the purposes of examining senior secondary school levels
- The IEB National Senior Certificate is broadly comparable with the GCE Advanced-level.
- For those candidates who undertake the IEB Advanced Programme Mathematics and/or English, the centre is satisfied that the additional content is more reflective of the requirements of GCE A level courses.
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