10 Jan 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK 10 JAN (NAMPA) About 2 430 candidates, who failed the 2016 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) Grade 10 examinations, will be allowed to repeat the academic year in 2017.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Permanent Secretary, Sanet Steenkamp said learners who did not meet the requirement of at least 23 points for promotion to Grade 11 and who are 17 years old or younger on the first day of school in 2017 are allowed to repeat Grade 10.
It has become customary for the ministry to allow candidates who sat for the JSC examinations and have not met the promotion requirements to Grade 11 to repeat in the formal education (full-time) system.
Full-time repetition of Grade 10 means learners forfeit the points obtained during the previous academic year.
She said this year, the ministry has put mechanisms in place to address the plight of these full-time learners and advised those repeating to do so at the same school or another, but only if it can accommodate them.
About 66 per cent (2 258) of the 3 432 learners allowed to repeat Grade 10 in 2016 qualified for admission to Grade 11 this year.
The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) or other part-time institutions registered with the ministry, she said, is an option for those older than 17 years to improve results in one or more subjects.
The ministry would like to urge learners in this category to work hard to achieve the required points before they reach the age of 21, to be able to continue with Grade 11 on a full-time basis, she said.
Namcol candidates over the age of 21 and who have obtained the minimum admission required for Grade 11 are also advised to enrol at the part-time institution again until they complete their secondary education.
She advised learners rather interested in a vocational career, to register for vocational training at a vocational training centre through the Namibia Training Authority.