IEB Matric certificate

IEB Matric certificate

Date Published: November 20, 2020

What is IEB?

The Independent Board of Examinations (IEB), is a South African independent assessment agency that offers examinations for a variety of client schools. The IEB is accredited by Umalusi.

Why does the IEB exist?

The purpose for the establishment of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) was to challenge the apartheid ideas of separation that were based on race.

Is IEB better than CAPS?

Elijah Mhlanga, the spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education says that it makes no difference whether students write IEB or NSC exams as they are all exposed to the same curriculum.  

Mhlanga also stated that both exams are quality assured by Umalusi, the quality council for general and further education and training.

I lost my matric certificate

If you have lost, damaged or misplaced your IEB matric certificate, you may apply for a replacement certificate from the Independent Board of Examinations. To apply for a matric certificate re-issue, you need to have the following documents:

  • An affidavit – You need to ensure that you have a signed affidavit from a police station stating whether the certificate was lost, stolen or damaged.
  • A certified copy – All applicants must submit a certified copy of their identity document.
  • Proof of payment of administration fee
  • An electronic request must be submitted to Umalusi after processing an application form.

Your previous matric certificate will no longer be valid once you have received a re-issue.

How long does it take

A matric certificate re-issue takes between 4 to 6 weeks.

For IEB study material, past exam papers and memorandums, click here.

IEB matric timetable

Here is the IEB grade 12 exam timetable:

Author: Omega Fumba 

Published: November 20, 2020


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