19 Dec 2018 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) - The 2018 Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) pass results dropped by two per cent when compared to 2017.
This was announced at a media conference by Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Wednesday.
A total of 23 911 out of 44 863 full-time candidates who sat for the JSC examinations in this year have qualified for Grade 11 next year.
However, the number of qualifying admissions could go up depending on the performance of the part-time candidates.
A total of 11 222 part-time students sat for the JSC external examination, with 12,4 per cent coming out ungraded.
The ministry has maintained the minimum points to qualify for admission to Grade 11 at 23 points.
Hanse-Himarwa said the poor performance of JSC candidates would be interrogated to see what really went wrong.
Our observation is that the quality of responses in the answer sheets does not tally the expected standard of learners translating to the standard in classroom and the preparedness and ability of educators, self preparedness and self studying of learner which we need to strengthen, the minister said.
Meanwhile, Grade 12 full-time Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Higher Level saw 66 per cent of candidates who sat for the NSSCH exams obtain between Grade One and Grade Three, which represent 10, nine and eight points respectively.
A total of 17 968 candidates sat for the NSSC Higher Level in 2018, comprising of 16 932 full-time and 1 036 part-time candidates.
The Grade 10 and Grade 12 Higher Level results for both part-time and full-time candidates will be released on Thursday.
The results will be available on the website of the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessments as well as that of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
A mobile phone text message service is available to access the results at midnight on Thursday. The number is 2929 to which learners have to send their candidate number and grade.
Regional education directorates across the country will also provide results in broadsheets format during office hours.
The NSSC Grade 12 Ordinary Level results will be made available in January 2019.