Education minister disappointed with Ordinary Level pass rate

13 Jan 2016 12:10pm


The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture on Wednesday expressed disappointment with this year's 29,8 per cent pass rate in the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level examinations. The pass rate represents a significant decrease from the 39,9 per cent achieved in 2014.

Speaking at a media briefing on the examination results of the NSSC Ordinary Level, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said the decrease is a disappointment to the ministry and the nation at large. A total of 6 056 candidates passed the Ordinary Level examinations written in 2015, compared to 7 536 successful candidates in 2014.

The minister said much work must be done to address the drop in the pass rate. "I urge learners to be diligent in the future, and they must commit themselves to make their studies a success in 2016 and beyond," she said.

Currently, the minimum requirements for admission to tertiary educational institutions in Namibia include a 'D' symbol in English at Ordinary Level or a 'Four' Grade in English at Higher Level with a combined 25 points in five subjects. Hanse-Himarwa however noted that if an 'E' symbol in English is to be taken into account, about 10 399 learners (51,2 per cent) of the 20 301 full-time candidates, might qualify for admission to a tertiary educational institution in Namibia.

Currently, 2 742 (10 per cent) of the 27 531 part-time candidates have qualified for admission at tertiary institution, but if an ?E? symbol in English were to be taken into account, the number of part-time candidates who would qualify for admission would rise to 6 542 (23,8 per cent).

Hanse-Himarwa said her ministry is expected to report its performance against the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), which calls for an increase in the number of learners meeting admission requirements to universities from 29,5 per in 2011 to 45,0 per cent in 2017.

"The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture is hereby urging all candidates who are graded in the subjects, but still want to improve their symbols to consider using the alternative learning opportunities available in the country," she said. Hans-Himarwa noted that such opportunities include the Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), private tertiary education institutions and Vocational Training Centres. (NAMPA) ME/LI/JK