The maximum number of students in any class is 26 – this number allows the teacher to be able to provide individual attention to each student. The even number allows students to be able to work in pairs or small groups. However, when it comes to many of the choice subjects such as Music or Information Technology in Grades 10 to 12 it is not uncommon for the classes to be fewer than 12 in size.
Reddam House Umhlanga has chosen the Independent Education Board (IEB) National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations as the school-leaving certificate at the end of Grade 12. Is the IEB NSC internationally recognised?
The IEB NSC is not only recognised by all South African universities, but also by a substantial number of top universities across the globe. If the NSC is offered in conjunction with the IEB Advanced Programme (AP) courses, it opens doors to even the most prestigious universities across the globe.
The AP courses have been benchmarked to be of the same standard of the Cambridge A levels. Currently Reddam House Umhlanga offers the following AP subjects: AP Mathematics and AP English. Students offering the NSC together with the Advanced Programme courses have as much chance of getting into top universities in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, as someone holding an international qualification such as the International Baccalaureate or Cambridge examinations.
If students can include a high score from the SATs examinations from the US to their list of achievements, they open every door possible. Selection then depends on a range of factors outside the academic prowess of the student or the educational record of the assessment body such as holistic involvement in school life; confidence in an interview and commitment to community service.
What is important is that students who write the IEB NSC are recognised because the qualification is internationally recognised.