IEB - Assessment Matters
What makes the IEB different?

The following brochures are designed to answer questions about the IEB and its assessments.

The IEB in South Africa

The IEB is a Proudly South African organisation, with deep roots in the democratic history of our country. Its very existence grew out of a commitment to educational and democratic principles.
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The Intentional Educational Beliefs of the IEB

The IEB works in an educational environment of extremes – state and independent schools; well-resourced and under-resourced schools;  exceptional teaching that compares very well with the best in the world and classrooms in which, at best, teaching is synonymous with reading from a set of notes or a textbook, if a teacher is present at all;  schools in which integrity and concern for a common good are overriding values and others where success is attained by fair means or foul, where values are secondary to one’s own individual needs and desires.  One can go on and on describing the range of diverse attitudes, situations and experiences evident in the education landscape in our country, in our region and on our continent. 
This brochure is available in English, Afrikaans, IsiXhosa, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, SiSwati, and IsiZulu.

The IEB and International Recognition

the IEB had its IEB NSC, and the Advanced Programmes in Mathematics and English, benchmarked by UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC). IEB NSC is a Proudly South African qualification that is equivalent to the UK AS level. In addition its Advanced Programme Mathematics and Advanced Programme English are equivalent to the UK A levels. The IEB has also had past learners being accepted into the most elite universities in the world. The IEB NSC and our Advanced Programme subjects prepare learners for South Africa, and the world at large.
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Distance Education and the IEB

To offer the National Senior Certificate qualification at Grade 12 through the IEB, a learner is required to be registered at a school offering full‐time tuition.
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Is teaching at schools that write the IEB exam adapted to ensure learners are appropriately prepared to write the IEB NSC examination?

Yes. The way questions are asked in an examination impacts directly on how teachers approach the teaching of the concepts in the classroom.
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What are the IEB Advanced Programme courses?

The Advanced Programmes provide talented learners from both state and independent schools with an opportunity to delve deeper into a discipline that interests and excites them and an opportunity to pit their intellectual capacity against an examination in which they are challenged to stretch themselves.
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Moderation of school assessment

School-based assessment is part of the subject assessment requirements in the NSC certification process. While the Independent Examinations Board acknowledges the immense potential of school-based assessment (SBA) in terms of its positive benefits in holistic assessment, the IEB has to guard against difficulties that may arise in terms of reliability, fairness and validity.
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What is the role of Umalusi in the IEB NSC examination

Umalusi ensures that each examining body is subjected to Umalusi's quality assurance processes. Umalusi does not directly compare examination papers in order to make public statements about standards across assessment bodies.
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How does Umalusi standardise NSC results

The standardisation process conducted by Umalusi is complex. It comprises more than just the adjustments process which is controversial as it is perceived to be 'fiddling' the marks.
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IEB Students performance and provision of data to universities

At IEB schools, learners are encouraged to achieve as best they can. Subject results of IEB candidates in 2011 indicate that the total number of subject results from the 8 281 learners who wrote the 2011 IEB NSC examination was 60 462 of which 85% were 50% or higher, 94% were 40% or higher and 99% were 30% and above.
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