Grade 10 failures remain a concern

20 Dec 2017 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 DEC (NAMPA) - The high number of candidates not meeting the admission requirements for Grade 11 remain a grave concern, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has said.
A total of 40 599 full-time candidates wrote the 2017 Junior Secondary Certificate (Grade 10) examinations, of which 22 462 representing 55.3 per cent qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2018.
This means 18 137 learners did not qualify for Grade 11.
Announcing the 2017 JSC and Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) higher level results here on Wednesday, Hanse-Himarwa said candidates who are 17 years old and younger will be allowed to repeat Grade 10 in 2018 provided that there are places available at schools.
She said during the 2017 academic year 3 270 candidates were allowed to repeat the grade. Of this amount, 2 246 learners (68.7 per cent) qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2018.
“These candidates deserve to be admired for their hard work as they have managed to capitalise on the second chance given to them,” she said.
Hanse-Himarwa urged learners who did not meet the requirements and who are above 17 years old to explore other options such as the Namibian College of Open Learning, vocational training centres and other relevant institutions.
She further urged parents to support their children’s education continuously throughout the year and not wait for the examinations.
“The ideal situation is for learners to study and pass once, because there is a stream of learners coming from Grade 10 who pass and need space, therefore parents should encourage their children to pass,” the minister said.
She said the ministry is looking into implementing technical subjects, especially at vocational training centres, as not all learners are academically inclined.