Grade 12 Higher Level candidates perform poorer

16 Dec 2015 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 DEC (NAMPA) – Grade 12 learners who wrote Higher Level subjects performed poorer in subjects compared to 2014.
This was announced with the release of the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) for 2015 in the capital on Wednesday.
The results show graded entries decreased from 96 per cent in 2015 to 95.4 per in 2014.
This resulted in the increase of ungraded entries from 4.0 per cent in 2014 to 4.6 per cent in 2015.
The results of the Higher Level examination are reported on a 4-point scale of grade 1, 2, 3 and 4, of which grade 1 is the highest and grade 4 the lowest. The points are awarded on a point scale with grade 1 valued at 10 points, 2=9, 3=8 and 4=7.
Candidates who have failed to reach the minimum standard for a grade 4 will be ungraded.
A total of 13 172 (21.5 per cent) of 61 159 full-time and part-time learners sat in examinations for Higher-Level subjects.
The number of Higher Level candidates increased by 1 011 or 8.3 per cent compared to 2014.
Results also indicate that fewer candidates may qualify for university admission, although it still requires the combination of other subjects on Ordinary Level. A grade 3 is the minimum requirement for university admission.
Meanwhile, the best overall performers on aggregate on Higher Level are Nina Mosehuus from Edugate Academy Private School; Chrisna Matthee from Windhoek Gymnasium; Torben Callesen from St Paul's College; Fysal Elmarakby from the Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School; and Antonia Roth from St.Paul's College.
The results for the Grade 12 Ordinary Level will be released early January 2016.