GET and FET phases (Grades 8 to 12)

Defining the IEB

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) is an assessment body that is accredited by Umalusi, the South African statutory body responsible for quality assurance for school and adult assessments.

The IEB offers external assessment at Grade 9 and Grade 12 level in accordance with legislation and Umalusi directives for schools registered with the IEB. Successful pupils are awarded the National Senior Certificate, and adult learners are awarded from ABET (Adult Basic Education and Training) Level 1 through to NQF (National Qualification Framework) Level 1.

The IEB training section ASSET (Assessment Education and Training) is accredited by the ETDP SETA (Education, Training and Development Practitioners  ̶  Sector Education and Training Authority) to provide training in assessment. It also provides additional assessments that complement teaching and learning in schools at other levels.

The IEB actively strives to:

  • Set well-constructed, probing assessments that test the learners' understanding of what information applies in certain circumstances
  • Test learners’ understanding of how and why specific knowledge is applied
  • Direct educators in their teaching to develop clear logical thinking in learners, with a good understanding of the subject matter
  • Help learners to communicate their learning clearly

The IEB is a recognised player in the South African education landscape, committed to building a robust system for all learners in our country. The significance of its independence is to provide an alternative voice on curriculum and assessment matters, to contribute positively to debates on educational issues and to provide an approach that ensures that independent schools are accommodated with respect to their needs and desires within the South African education framework, for the greater good of our country. The IEB sees itself as a partner in our country’s education system, supporting that which needs to be supported with whatever we have to contribute.