IEB Matric results show the efficacy of online learning and Brainline’s Top Performers

Online School, Brainline, says it is encouraged by the number of excellent performers who have emerged amongst the 2021 Matric Results. The Independent Examination Board (IEB) will release the matric results today, Wednesday 19 January 2022, while the Department of Basic Education will release their results on Friday, 21 January. The IEB has recorded a 98.39% pass rate, up from 98.07% in 2020. Brainline is IEB recognised.

Brainline CEO, Coleen Cronje says despite another challenging year amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a number of students showed their steel during the final exams. She says Brainline students achieved 178 distinctions overall. There were 310 B’s and 385 C’s. This is a testament to the courage and tenacity of the Class of 2021.

We are extremely proud of all our Grade 12 learners who have had to deal with unprecedented circumstances over the last 2 years. We would, however, like to highlight the performance of a number of our students who managed to achieve exceptional results. While the majority have been home schoolers for a number of years, some only joined our online school from 2020, when their own schools closed during the country-wide school lockdown. As a virtual school, we were able to provide these learners with a safe and uninterrupted alternative and our results speak for itself,’ Cronje explains.

Cronje says one of Brainline’s learners managed to score within the Top 5% of the overall IEB results.

‘Megan Joynt really did us proud by not only scoring within the Top 5% of the IEB, but she is also among the Top 1% in 5 of her subjects. Megan achieved 7 distinctions for Afrikaans First Additional Language, Business Studies, English Home Language, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics and Tourism. Another learner who achieved 7 distinctions is Alexander Russel for Afrikaans Home Language, Business Studies, Computer Applications Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design, English First Additional Language, Life Orientation and Mathematical Literacy,’ Cronje says.

Brainline students were among the 12 000 IEB students who completed the 2021 matric exams. Karen Reyneke, head of assessments at Brainline says the consistent performance by these learners is a testimony to the efficacy of online learning amid a very challenging academic year.

‘We are exceptionally proud of this as Brainline does not deregister students whose year marks are indicative of a possible failure. We believe that every learner must be given the opportunity to write the final exams if they have submitted the required assessments during the course of the year. Experience has shown that where learners have the support we provide together with that of their families, they are often able to overcome hurdles experienced during the course of the year,’ Reyneke says.

Meanwhile, Cronje says now is the opportune time for basic education authorities to look at restructuring the current traditional school system by phasing in e-learning elements.

South Africans are familiar with a more traditional classroom set-up but now is the time to evolve. E-learning and mobile learning should be viewed as a stand-alone or additional learning resource that can assist in accessing learning tools. Last year during his state of the nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the government wanted to provide learners with a tablet to access e-learning platforms. He also indicated that the government was working with network operators to reduce the cost of data. This drive should be on government’s radar more than ever before.’

Students with 7 Distinctions

Megan Joynt
Alexander Russel

Students with 6 Distinctions
Nikita Jardim
Kayla Thompson
Shani Grobler

Students with 5 Distinctions
Julia Streicher
Janneke van der Steenhoven
Hannah Hufton
Emelia Badenhorst

Students with 4 Distinctions
Tsoaledi Hlakudi
Ncebakazi Mtshemela
Sune Rennie
Pietje Schinkel
Aerin vd Bergh

Students with 3 Distinctions
Julia Smit
Kate Schwaemble
Aimee Roux
Matthew Munro
Vyla Lubbe
Oliver Lloyd
Larika Joubert
Anton Jordaan
Lila de Wet
Kayleigh Adamson
Fatimah Adjiet

Grade 12’s who would like to apply for remarks have until 31 January 2022 to submit their application to and those results will be released on 15 March 2022.  The National Senior Certificates will be issued by Umalusi in April 2022 and will be sent to schools for collection.