Kunene improved despite being ninth in JSC results: Tjivikua

15 Jan 2017 16:10pm
OPUWO, 15 JAN (NAMPA) – Even if Kunene has remained at ninth position in the Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) results, the region has shown some improvement.
The region’s pass rate improved by one per cent - in 2015, 50 per cent of the learners in Grade 10 passed, while 51 per cent of the Grade 10 learners passed last year.
Opuwo circuit inspector, Chris Tjivikua in an interview with Nampa on Thursday however said he does not want to judge regional performance on the basis of ranking and would rather look at its individual performance.
“A region may not retain a position as we did in the JSC category, but we may have improved in other areas,” Tjivikua said.
In terms of quality grades, Kunene scored 49 per cent in 2015 and 51 per cent last year.
The inspector explained that quality grades refer to symbols A, B, C and D which if obtained by a learner, will guarantee such a learner a better future compared to a learner who obtains E, F and U.
Tjivikua told this agency that schools in the southern parts of the region such as at Khorixas and Outjo have also improved, while some in the northern parts showed less improvement.
According to the regional rating, Mureti Senior Secondary School dropped from ninth to 11th position, followed by Alpha Combined School at position number 12.
Otjerunda Combined School which had Grade 10 for the first time last year is at position 13, with Kephas Muzuma Combined School at Otjokavare at number 14.
Tjivikua attributes the poor performance of learners at Otjerunda and Kephas Muzuma to last year being the first time these schools offered Grade 10.
“Teachers were not well equipped to deal with the Grade 10s, that is why we experienced such performance which we are hopeful will improve this year.
“Also, the learners who went to these schools were the learners who were not accepted at other schools due to either poor performance or bad behavior,” he said.
The regional director of education, Angelina Steenkamp could not be reached for comment.