21 Dec 2016 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 DEC (NAMPA) - The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture is concerned with the pass mark of 23 points for Grade 10, saying it is too low.
Katrina Hanse-Himarwa was speaking during the announcement of the Grade 10 and Grade 12 Higher Level results here on Tuesday.
The pass mark can be obtained with a minimum of five D symbols and an E symbol.
D has been regarded as an average point all over and E below average; now does this mean we are happy with a pass mark of 23 which has been acquired through average and below average performance? Hanse-Himarwa questioned.
She said this pass mark has stagnated for the past 16 years.
We need to work harder, we need to bring in quality and there needs to be a change for the better, the minister said.
Hanse-Himarwa noted that when she recently brought up the idea of changing the pass mark from 23 to 27, everyone was in a panic mode.
Think and sleep over it and come back with an answer whether we want to pass as average and below average people, Hanse-Himarwa requested all stakeholders including teachers, parents and the ministry responsible.
She is confident that leaners can do much better as there are some who perform well above average.
I am seriously considering it (increasing the pass mark) and it is still in the process of discussions, she said.
Hanse-Himarwa promised that there will be a shift before her term is over.
A total of 50 012 candidates comprising 38 277 full-time and 11 735 part-time candidates were registered for the 2016 JSC examinations at 706 junior secondary schools and 144 part-time tuition centres.
A 56 per cent per cent pass rate was recorded for 2016, compared to last years 54 per cent.
A total of 1 023 more students qualify for Grade 11 in 2017.