More grade 12 learners qualify for tertiary education

10 Jan 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JAN (NAMPA) – A total number of 9534 full-time candidates who sat for the 2018 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary and Higher Level examinations will qualify for admission to tertiary institutions in 2019 compared to 8632 in 2017.
This is based on the minimum Grade D at NSSC Ordinary Level or Grade 4 at NSSC Higher Level in English and represents an increase to 40.4 per cent compared to 39.3 per cent in 2017.
A total of 56 534 candidates, comprising of 23 594 full-time and 32 940 part-time candidates, registered for the NSSC ordinary level examinations.
Making the announcement here on Thursday, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa explained that furthermore, 37.8 per cent of the full-time candidates obtained between an E and an F grades in English and may qualify for admission for diploma and certificate courses at tertiary institutions.
She added that candidates that qualified for university admission with 25 points, D or 4 or better grade in English increased with 1.1 per cent from 39,3 per cent to 40,4 per cent between 2017 and 2018.
On the part-time candidates, Hanse-Himarwa noted that the NSSC Ordinary Level results for the part-time candidates improved on the intermediate grades with more than five per cent and at the higher grades with an average of 0.8 per cent.
She went on to say that the percentage of ungraded part-time candidates dropped with 1.5 per cent between 2017 and 2018, moving from 18.9 to 17.4.
“The improved performance of the part-time candidates could be described as more than satisfactory and similar trend is encouraged during the coming two to three years, seeing that the NSSCO examinations that are based on the current curriculum will be phased out with the final part-time NSSCO examinations scheduled for the 2021 academic year,” the education minister stressed.
She further said that the results of the 2018 full-time and part-time candidates combined gives a positive picture with the reduction of 0.5 per cent in ungraded candidates entries when compared to 2017.
The NSSCO results for both full-time and part-time will be released on Friday.