Class of 2018: The best just keep getting better
Private school pupils outdid the previous year's results in the Independent Examinations Board exams
Private school pupils who wrote the National Senior Certificate exams that were administered by the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) achieved a 98.92% pass rate last year – up from 98.76% in 2017.
Of those who passed, 90.65% achieved a bachelor’s pass qualifying them to study at university – including all 134 matrics at Kearsney College in KwaZulu-Natal.
A total of 11,514 full-time and 858 part-time candidates from 249 exam centres across Southern Africa registered to write last year’s matric exams. About 61 candidates were among the top 5% of pupils in six or more subjects, including three pupils each from St Mary’s DSG Kloof, Redhill School, HeronBridge College, Helpmekaar Kollege and Durban Girls’ College.
Nicholas Moschides, a matriculant at St John’s College in Johannesburg, bagged distinctions in nine subjects, including advanced programme maths, maths, English, Afrikaans, French, history, life orientation, physical science and Trinity music.
He will now take a gap year to work at a commercial diving company in Cape Town and will also spend part of the year doing wildlife photography in Kenya and Botswana.
Another St John’s pupil, Sibongakonke Kubheka, achieved distinctions in English, isiZulu, advanced programme maths, maths, life sciences, French, physical science and life orientation.
Kubheka, affectionately known as Konke, said: “I am really proud and delighted at my results. This has been a wonderful opportunity for me and I thank my family and teachers for the support and for believing in me.”
St John’s headmaster Paul Edey said last year was an “exceptional year”, with more than 40% of matrics achieving an academic average of 80%.
Husnaa Bux, who was the headgirl at Kingsmead College in Johannesburg last year, took top honours at her school after achieving nine distinctions.
The school said she was hoping to study medicine.
“Husnaa is a talented academic who has applied herself to achieving the highest standards for herself throughout her school career,” it said.
At least 79.7% of the 1,430 pupils from IEB schools and 1,246 from state schools who wrote the advanced programme maths exams achieved a pass above 40%.
Basic education minister Angie Motshekga will announce the matric results for state schools on Thursday evening. The matric pass rate for 2017 was 75.1%.