Over 10 000 NSSC subjects entries incomplete

11 Jan 2018 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JAN (NAMPA) – More than 10 000 subject entries for the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary level for part-time studies were recorded as incomplete and thus not reflected in the final results.
This is due to learners who failed to sit for examinations or who did not do their oral examinations and practicals in subjects such as agriculture.
The Director of the Namibia College for Open Learning (Namcol), Dr Harold Murangi said this when he presented an analysis on those results here Thursday.
He explained that a total of 4 398 subject entries for the Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) were not entered in the examination.
“These are not physical learners, these are subject entries. Learners did not go and sit for paper one or paper two or decided not to go and sit for all of them. Once the results are being announced, those statistics are being included and will reflect that learners did not do well,” he stressed.
He noted that this is because of various reasons such as learners finding employment elsewhere, learners registering as a means of accessing social benefits such as pension funds and learners participating in the medical aid schemes of their parents.
Some of the learners, he said, are beneficiaries of the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) and other pension providers, and in order for them to qualify for such benefits every year, they have to prove that they are registered learners.
Once registered, they do get the benefits and they do not sit for exams, Murangi said.
“This trend affects our results negatively,” he noted.
Murangi further said that Namcol thus plans to engage pension funds and medical aid providers to share ideas on how to close this loophole that currently exists within the system.
One such idea, he suggested, is for those providers to start demanding the results of the learners.
If all of the entries could be entered, the picture would be totally different, he said.