JSC phasing out, repeaters to go back to Grade 9

19 Dec 2018 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) - As a result of the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) phasing out this year, those who fail Grade 10 and wish to repeat will have to go back to Grade 9 as from 2019, Minister of Education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has said.
Hanse-Himarwa said this while announcing the 2018 Grade 10 JSC and Grade 12 National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Higher Level Results here on Wednesday.
“Candidates that are 17 years and younger, who wish to remain in formal schooling, may join the new curriculum at Grade 9 level at the school which he or she attended (provided there is space available) or elsewhere,” Hanse-Himarwa said.
However, the JSC will only be offered on a part-time basis for candidates who want to better their results at various distance education institutions registered with the education ministry.
She explained that the entire secondary school curriculum moves down a grade, meaning Grade 9 now becomes Grade 8; Grade 10 becomes Grade 9, etc.
In the new curriculum, Grade 10 will be part of the NSSC from 2019 onwards.
This year 44 863 full-time candidates from 731 schools countrywide wrote for the Grade 10 JSC examination in 2018 of which 23 911 candidates are promoted to Grade 11 making it a 53,3 per cent pass rate when compared to 2017 where 55,3 per cent were promoted.
A total of 11 222 part-time candidates wrote the JSC examination at various distance education institutions of who 12,4 per cent where ungraded.
Hanse-Himarwa explained that the new curriculum will feature a technical subject along with the theoretical side.
“We have abandoned technical subjects since independence and therefore we have reintroduced the technical subjects so that we balance the technical side with the academics,” Hanse-Himarwa added.
The new curriculum aims to develop a caring society to foster the highest moral and ethical values as well as cooperation among others, she said.