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By Eric Naki

Political Editor

More than 12,000 IEB matrics start final exams today

Home education in South Africa has experienced significant growth over the last few years.

More than 12,000 Grade 12 pupils under the Independent Examination Board (IEB) are expected to sit their final year exams at various centres nationally and internationally today.

The IEB National Senior Certificate is an internationally benchmarked qualification and is equivalent to Cambridge AS level.

Distance education provider, Brainline, said their pupils will once again participate in this year’s IEB exam, which is quality assured by Umalusi, the council for quality assurance in general and further education.

They will write the exams at approved Brainline centres in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape from today, starting with computer applications technology and PII practical exams.

The exams finish on November 29 with music papers one and two.

“Our hearts and minds are with our matriculants and we wish them all the best,” says Coleen Cronje, CEO of Brainline.

Cronje says their students have received optimal support to prepare them for this important exam.

“In the world of the digital school, pupils can feel lost without guidance and a tutor.

“With our online live classes, which are saved for future reference, we address that need for the distance pupils.

“Gone are the days of the old model pupil management systems with boring downloads and links.

“This is the new era of a school at home, with all the support that one can expect in a traditional school, but on your own terms,” she said.

She said the IEB results would be released on January 7 next year and would be available on the IEB website.

Home education in South Africa has experienced significant growth over the last few years.

Brainline has provided structured home education on a distance education model to thousands of pupils since 1990.

A total of 12,179 students – 11,339 full-time and 840 part-time – were registered under the IEB and the department of basic education was expected to administer exams for 790,405 pupils, split into 620,891 full-time and 169 534 part-time.

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