18 Dec 2013 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) - This year's Grade 10 results have shown a slight improvement, with a pass rate of 54,7 per cent compared to 52,1 per cent recorded in 2012.
A total of 34 054 full-time candidates registered for the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examination in 2013, of which 18 613 have qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2014 on the minimum requirement of 23 points and a symbol above F in English.
Making the announcement on the JSC examination results for 2013 in the capital on Wednesday, Minister of Education David Namwandi explained that the number of candidates qualifying for admission to Grade 11 next year could increase to approximately 21 413 depending on the number of part-time candidates registered with institutions such as the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) and the Rundu Achievers Educational Centre.
Speaking about the results of the part-time candidates, the Education Minister noted that they performed better during this year's JSC examinations as there was an improvement in performance in all grades ranging from A to G symbols, while the ungraded entries have decreased from 10,5 per cent in 2012 to 7,1 per cent in 2013.
A total of 10 278 part-time candidates were registered for 2013 national examinations countrywide.
A total of 9 990 part-time candidates were enrolled with Namcol, whilst 288 part-time candidates were enrolled with private distance education institutions which are recognised and registered with the Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, the Minister made it clear that learners who did not meet the admission requirements of 23 points to progress to Grade 11 and who are 17 years and younger, will be allowed to repeat Grade 10 in 2014.
Those who are 18 and older are encouraged to register with Namcol and other recognised centres registered with the ministry to upgrade their subject symbols, he said.
Namwandi noted that about 2 772 learners were allowed to repeat Grade 10 in 2013, of which 1 953 have now qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2014.
He also announced that six out of the 40 hearing and visually impaired candidates who completed the examinations scored 23 points or more, meaning they will progress to Grade 11.
Their results will be released along with that of the other JSC candidates on Thursday.
The ministry announced earlier this week that the JSC and Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (Grade 12) higher-level full-time and part-time results will be released on Thursday, a day earlier than anticipated.