IEB National Senior Certificate 2022 Results Released

IEB National Senior Certificate 2022 Results Released

IEB National Senior Certificate 2022 Results Released

The IEB is an independent assessment body offering a range of certified assessments, benchmarked assessments and training.

The 2022 NSC pass rate is 98.42%, slightly higher than last year’s pass rate of 98.39%. All candidates who passed achieved a pass that grants access to tertiary study at one of the three levels:

  • 89.32% of the cohort achieved entry to degree study, compared to 89.2% in 2021.
  • 7.52% qualified for entry to diploma study, compared to 7.82% in 2021.
  • 1.57% achieved entry for study at the Higher Certificate level, compared to 1.37% in 2021.

12 580 full-time and 945 part-time candidates from 232 examination centres writing in 262 venues across Southern Africa wrote the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in October and November 2022. This is fewer than the 12 857 full-time candidates and 968 part-time candidates in 2021.

This is primarily because some 500 candidates from neighbouring SADC countries of Eswatini, Mozambique and Namibia who previously wrote the NSC examinations offered by the IEB, were enrolled for and wrote the inaugural examinations for the IEB’s International Secondary Certificate (IEB ISC). The ISC was developed by the IEB in response to recent changes in South Africa’s regulatory framework for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) which meant that the NSC would no longer be available to independent schools outside of the borders of South Africa. Locally, the number of candidates who wrote the IEB NSC examinations grew by some 200 candidates in South Africa because of new schools and an increase in the number of candidates within schools that write the IEB examinations.

“The performance of the 2022 cohort of students has been outstanding. There is enough credible research on the impact of Covid-19 on the educational aspects of children to  provide insight into where we are at, in coming out of the pandemic almost three years later. It is fair to say that it is the 2022 cohort of learners that were hardest hit by the impact of the pandemic when it broke in 2020 in their grade 10 year. Various strategies have been employed to try and mitigate these – moving teaching online, pen and paper distance education, catch-up programs, weekend school lessons and so on – some more successful than others,” explains Anne Oberholzer, CEO of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB).

“While the class of 2022 has seen how previous Grade 12 classes of 2020 and 2021 managed to adapt to a new reality, this was the class that missed out the most in their Grade 10 and Grade 11 years which are fundamentally important to success in their grade 12 performance. They have had to work hard to maintain their drive and perseverance to succeed and in many respects, dig deep to play catch up in terms of lost time and experiences. The social and emotional impact of the pandemic on learners cannot be overlooked – the impact of lockdown, the absence of normal social interaction with friends and engagement in the social activities of teenagers should not be under-estimated. The dedication of the teaching community to implement various strategies to support their classes during this black swan event is exemplary. The IEB congratulates the candidates, their teachers and parents for a job extraordinarily well done,” concludes Oberholzer.

The closing date for the application for remarking is Tuesday 31 January 2023 and the results from re-marking will be released on Wednesday 1 March 2023. Applications for the learners who qualify to enrol for the May/June examinations will be open from 1 March to 15 March 2023.

2022 IEB National Senior Certificate (NSC) Results

The 2022 NSC pass rate is 98.42%, slightly higher than last year’s pass rate of 98.39%. All candidates who passed achieved a pass that grants access to Read More

Key Dates

  • May Exam applications close 15 March 2023
  • Examinations take place 8-26 May 2023
  • May Examination Results Released 20 July 2023
  • Closing Date for Remarks (May Exam Only) 28 July 2023
  • Remark Results for May Exams released 16 August 2023 

Press release IEB National Senior Certificate 2022 pdf