What is NSC?

NSC stands for National Senior Certificate. This is the official name of the South African matriculation examination. The NSC is determined by what has been gazetted by the Department of Basic Education in terms of what is today called the CAPS curriculum (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement).

The NSC is accredited and overseen by UMALUSI (The General and Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Authority). This is essentially what a South African matric is. It can be achieved, however, through two paths: one, through the Department of Basic Education, and the other, through the IEB.

Both paths lead to the same matric certificate from UMALUSI.

What is the IEB?

I in IEB stands for Independent. This means that it is a private agency offering support and input to independent schools who wish to use them for a fee. EB in IEB stands for Examination Board. The IEB offers support in terms of the CAPS curriculum examinations and sets tests and exams according to the CAPS guidelines, as well as memorandums and assessments, moderations and marking groups. It is therefore, a private examination setting and support agency.

A matriculant in South Africa writes an NSC examination either set by the Department of Basic Education or the Independent Examination Board – and receives (no matter which path is followed) a Matric Certificate from UMALUSI. UMALUSI moderates both examination paths to ensure that they comply with the content and question standards set by CAPS.

Both paths set comparable examinations and no distinction may be made by any tertiary institution in terms of admission.

The IEB offers independent schools following CAPS very good and well-prepared material needed for CAPS through the grades. This would not be of any benefit to us given that we follow a Waldorf Curriculum through the classes from KG to Class 12. Our teachers are specially prepared and trained to teach in a Waldorf School system and our teachers remain in continuous study of the Waldorf curriculum including methodologies.

In Class 13 (Matric) we follow our particular way of preparing students for their final matric examinations while ensuring that they are well able to manage school-based assessment tasks (part of the NSC matric programme). Our method recognises how young people have received a full, well-rounded, innovative and creative education in a Waldorf high school. It addresses the preparation and practice required to manage the CAPS Matric programme in one focused year. This method has proven to be very successful for our students who through their Waldorf schooling have learnt how to study (read, research, analyse, synthesise and summarise) and how to manage themselves and their work. This sparks a far more relevant question – What is the intrinsic value of an education?

Roseway has thus chosen, like our sister schools in the Western Cape, to write the NSC examinations set by the Department of Basic Education.

Angelique Laaks