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The IEB provides Umalusi accredited examinations in all subjects recognised in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) for the schools that are registered with it.



The IEB uses the South African National Curriculum which is regulated by the Department of Basic Education.

  • The IEB NSC is quality assured by Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education.

  • The IEB NSC is an internationally benchmarked qualification and is equivalent to Cambridge AS level.

The IEB produces consistent, reliable results in the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate:

  • Average pass rate is between 97% and 98%

  • Pass with entry to degree study, between 78% and 80%

Midrand Montessori High is a registered IEB school and writes the IEB examinations. The IEB is not a curriculum, it is an examination board. Visit their website for more detailed information and a list of all the tertiary institutions overseas that recognise the IEB National Senior Certificate (NSC). 

For a private school to write the grade 12 National Senior Certificate (NSC), the school needs to be accredited by Umalusi so that it can apply to be an examination venue. Being a registered school with the GDE does not automatically make a school an examination venue. The Umalusi accreditation process is very costly and laborious, but it does ensure a minimum standard for schools and service delivery.

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