by | 19 Feb 2021 | Press Releases

IEB Matric results testify to efficacy of online learning – Brainline’s top performers shine

Online School, Brainline, says it is encouraged by the number of excellent performers who have emerged amongst the 2020 Matric Results. The Independent Examination Board (IEB) will release the matric results today, Friday 19 February, while the Department of Basic Education will release their results on Monday, 22 February. Brainline is IEB recognised.

Brainline CEO, Coleen Cronje says despite a challenging year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of students showed their steel during the final exams. She says Brainline students achieved 80 distinctions overall. This is a testament to the courage and tenacity of the Class of 2020.

We are extremely proud of all our Grade 12 learners who have had to deal with unprecedented circumstances last year. 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 in 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,’ Cronje explains.

Cronje says three learners managed to score within the Top 1% of the IEB in their respective subjects.

Carlien du Plessis excelled in Electrical Technology, Chloe Winter in one of the most difficult subjects, Advanced Mathematics, while Chante Thomas and Gregory Burns excelled in Mathematical Literacy. One of our students, Zhang Yupeng, also received 95% for Chinese Madarin. Another great achievement is that of Dilan Vermaak, a student with Cerebral Palsy and therefore unique challenges, who achieved 91% in Information Technology. About 19% of our Drama students achieved a distinction,’ Cronje elaborates.

Brainline students were among the 12 000 IEB students who completed the 2020 matric exams. Cronje says the consistent performance by these learners is a testimony to the efficacy of online learning amid a very challenging academic year. 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. President Cyril Ramaphosa in a recent State of the Nation Address 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 4 Distinctions

Dillon Geary
Accounting, Business Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and B’s in Afrikaans Additional Language and Life Orientation. Dillon is a talented cyclist and was 23rd at the Track Cycling Junior World Championships in August 2019.

Kachina Maritz Business Studies, Computer Applications Technology, Economics, Life Orientation and a B in English Home Language

Tymicah Naidoo
Dramatic Arts, English Home Language, Life Orientation, Mathematics and B’s in Physical Sciences, History and Afrikaans First Additional Language. Tymicah has been a Brainline student since 2018 and plans to study either Actuarial Sciences or Mathematical Sciences at UCT.

Completing matric during the pandemic was not particularly easy, as my house had become much more crowded than usual due to everyone being at home. Luckily, being already adapted to online schooling allowed me to overcome any such challenges,’ she says.

Chante Thomas
Computer Applications Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design, Life Orientation, Mathematical Literacy and B’s in Afrikaans Home Language and English Home Language

Students with 3 Distinctions

Gregory Burns
Business Studies, Life Orientation, Mathematical Literacy and received a B in English Home Language and Economics. Gregory only joined Brainline in 2020. Despite having had to study and work at the same time, Gregory achieved 3 distinctions and two B’s. He plans to complete his B-com in Business Management through UNISA while continuing with his part-time job.

It was incredibly difficult to complete school last year. I have a part time job and that took up a lot of my time. However, the experience through Brainline was incredible. I was able to study and watch the recorded lessons at night, in the morning before work and on weekends. I feel that Brainline excelled in the management and organization of my schooling process last year,’ Gregory says.

Johannes Schinkel
Business Studies, Life Orientation, Tourism and B in Afrikaans Home Language)

Leela Steyn
Dramatic Arts, Visual Arts, Mathematical Literacy and B’s in Afrikaans First Additional Language, English Home Language and History. Leela joined Brainline last year and enjoyed the transition to an online environment. She is hoping to study Fine Arts in the future and open her own studio and café.

Grade 12’s who would like to apply for remarks have until 3 March 2021 to submit their application and those results will be released on 26 March.  The National Senior Certificates will be issued by Umalusi in July/August 2021 and will be sent to schools for collection.

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