Oshana's poor Grade 12 results discussed

27 Jan 2017 15:20pm
ONDANGWA, 27 JAN (NAMPA) – Oshana Education Director, Hileni Amukana said the status quo of her directorate performing well in Grade 10 examinations but badly in Grade 12 is not pleasing and unacceptable.
Amukana said this whilst speaking at the Oshana Education Directorate’s seminar for school managers, senior education officers, principals, heads of departments, school board members, and regional and town councillors at Ondangwa on Thursday.
“We need to act. The time is now,” Amukana said.
The Oshana Education Directorate is placed 13th nationally out of 14 regions in the Ordinary Level Grade 12 examinations for the past two consecutive years.
Regarding the 2016 higher level Grade 12 examination results, the directorate for the past three years gradually slipped from position eight to 10 at national level.
Amukana said findings show that the directorate is enrolling too many learners on Higher Level without giving the necessary support to ensure they obtain quality symbols.
The region had 3 260 candidates for the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) (Grade 10) in 71 centres last year and 66.6 per cent of the candidates are promoted to Grade 11.
“Four schools achieved 100 per cent pass rate and 30 Grade 10 schools have achieved our regional target of 75 per cent,” Amukana noted.
She, however, indicated that 13 of the JSC schools with unsatisfactory results have been placed under administration and are scheduled to report for a performance dialogue with her starting 07 February.
“In addition, there is a call for senior secondary schools to position themselves among the best JSC schools considering the privileges at their disposal,” Amukana stated.
The directorate is satisfied with its second position nationally in the Grade 10 results over the last three years.
The seminar was held to reflect on the directorate’s past performance, reposition and reformulate strategies to attain excellence in schools and to strengthen stakeholders’ active involvement in education.