Grade 12 results show slight improvement

11 Jan 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JAN (NAMPA) – An improvement of 0.4 per cent was recorded in the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level full-time candidates’ results of exams written in 2016.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa announced the improvement at a media conference here on Wednesday.
The results of full-time and part-time candidates will be released countrywide on Thursday.
She said out of the 21 104 full-time candidates registered for the ordinary level examinations in 2016, 93.3 per cent were graded, compared to 92.9 per cent in 2015.
Ungraded entries thus decreased by 0.4 per cent, from 7.1 per cent in 2015 to 6.7 per cent.
Hanse-Himarwa said the results show that 36.8 per cent of the candidates, or 7 772, qualify for admission to tertiary institutions.
In the 2015 examinations, 29.8 per cent of candidates qualified for admission.
She said the results of the 2016 full-time candidates show a much better performance at grades A, B and C, with a similar performance at grade A* and slightly lower performance at grades D and E.
“This is a clear indication that candidates were able to obtain higher grades while others moved slightly to the lower grades - F and G,” she said.
Of the 30 016 part-time candidates registered for the examinations in 2016, 78.5 per cent were graded, compared to 78.8 per cent in 2015, which represents a decrease of 0.3 per cent in graded part-time entries.
Part-time candidates’ results are poor at all grade ranges, from A* to G, and is supported by an increase of 0.3 per cent of the ungraded entries compared to 0.4 per cent in 2015.
As was the case last year, girl candidates performed better than boy candidates overall in the 2016 Grade 12 Ordinary Level examinations.