Fewer candidates qualify to repeat Grade 10

21 Dec 2016 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 21 DEC (NAMPA) – Fewer candidates will be allowed to repeat Grade 10 on a full-time basis next year.
Only 2 430 candidates aged 17 and younger can repeat Grade 10 on a full-time basis next year, compared to 3 432 candidates from last year who repeated the grade this year.
From the candidates who repeated this year, 2 258 qualified for Grade 11 in 2017.
Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa congratulated the candidates, stating that their effort deserves commendation.
Hanse-Himarwa made these comments during the announcement of the Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) and National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Higher level results in the capital on Wednesday.
She encouraged candidates who did not qualify for admission to Grade 11 and are above 18 years old to register with part-time centres such as Namibia College of Open Learning and other centres registered with the education ministry to upgrade their subject symbols.
“Candidates are also encouraged to register with vocational training centres through the Namibia Training Authority to improve their skills in vocational education and training,” she added.
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.
Paulina Hambata, the Ongwediva Junior Mayor who is among the country’s top 10 best performing learners in Grade 10, urged fellow learners to study smart and avoid engaging in too many extra-mural activities.
Another top performer, Raul Coetzee from the Rukonga Vision School in Kavango Kavango East Region, encouraged learners to thoroughly prepare before examinations and set goals for themselves.