The difference between the IEB and NSC

The difference between the IEB and NSC

As many might know, in South Africa know there are two main types of matric exams that you can write in South Africa: the IEB exam and NSC exam.

Which exam that you or your children will write is dependent on the school attended and the curriculum followed. Government Schools in South Africa all write the NSC, which stands for National Senior Certificate, and private schools have the option of writing either the NSC or the IEB, which stands for Independent Exam Board.

While there are some differences between the two different types of schooling systems, they are considered equal if you want to further your studies.

IEB: Independent Exam Board

The IEB curriculum is used by many private schools as it is claimed that it better prepares students for further studies.

The IEB curriculum focuses on teaching students additional problem solving skills throughout their school career and then testing these skills during the students matric exams. However writing this exam does give you a matric certificate that is provided by Umalusi, the same as a NSC certificate and although, the IEB curriculum is considered more difficult

NSC: National Senior Certificate

A National Senior Certificate is the qualification that you will receive from most schools in South Africa.

Around 95% of students who matriculate do so with a standard NSC qualification and education while only 5% of people who matriculate do so with an IEB education. While private schools offer an IEB education and government schools offer a NSC qualification,  this does not mean one of the curriculum’s is better or worse than the other.

It is important to note that if you want to study further, universities and colleges are not supposed to to factor into account which type of education you received, and base their decision completely on your academic performance.

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