09 Nov 2015 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 NOV (NAMPA) As from next year, learners in Grades 10 and 12 will not pay examination fees for the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC).
This means all learners in public schools, except at the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), will write the exams free-of-charge.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa made the announcement on Monday during the official address on the State of Education, Arts and Culture in Namibia during a one-day seminar attended by First Lady Monica Geingos, teachers and representatives from the education ministries.
The Government as per Cabinet Resolution 9th/17.06.14/001 last year resolved to abolish examination fees for Grades 10 and 12 learners in the 2016 academic year that begins in January.
Hanse-Himarwa highlighted that a total of 20 261 candidates were registered for the 2015 Grade 12 Ordinary Level examinations, compared to 19 392 in 2014.
For part-time candidates, 27 158 were registered this year compared to 25 540 in 2014.
A total number of 13 825 full time candidates were registered for one or more subjects on Higher Level compared to 12 079 in 2014.
For part-time candidates, 144 were registered for higher level examinations in 2015, whereas only 85 registered in 2014.
Full-time candidates who sat for the Grade 10 examinations this year paid N.dollars 342 for nine subjects (N.dollars 38 per subject), while part-time candidates paid N.dollars 45.50 per subject.
Grade 12 learners, who sat for the first time as full time candidates, paid N.dollars 540 for six subjects on both ordinary and higher level; while part-time paid N.dollars 108 per subject.
The minister said the release date of the 2015 national examinations results will be announced in due course.