18 Dec 2013 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 DEC (NAMPA) A minor improvement was recorded in Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) higher level examination results this year, with graded entries increasing from 95,4 per cent in 2012 to 95,8 per cent.
Ungraded entries for Grade 12 higher level candidates decreased by 0,4 per cent from last year, with 4,2 per cent of entries being ungraded this year compared to 4,6 per cent of entries being ungraded in 2012.
Candidates who obtained a grade three, which is the minimum grade required for admission to universities, increased by 0,5 per cent from 67,2 per cent in 2012 to 67,7 per cent this year.
This was announced by the Minister of Education, David Namwandi at a media briefing on the NSSC higher level and Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) results for 2013 in the capital on Wednesday.
A total of 11 728 of the 54 589 Grade 12 students (full time and part-time) registered for one or more NSSC higher level subjects in 2013.
Namwandi explained that the results of the 2013 NSSC higher level examinations show that most of the candidates were able to obtain grades two, three and four, which is slightly better when compared to 2012.
The number of graded entries increased to 95,8 per cent from last years 95,4 per cent.
Namwandi noted that the number of candidates who obtained a grade one have decreased slightly, whereas the participants who obtained a grade two, three or four have increased.
The Education Minister further announced that as is custom, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) have made prizes available for excellent performance in the NSSC examinations.
These prizes include a national open scholarship for the best overall performance on NSSC higher level of N.dollars 2 000; and two national prizes of N.dollars 1 200 each for the best performance in six NSSC higher level subjects (one female and one male).
Also up for grabs were two national prizes of N.dollars 1 200 each for the best performance in five NSSC higher level subjects (one male and one female).
Elmarie Oosthuizen of Windhoek Gymnasium School won the national open scholarship for best overall performance on NSSC higher level.
Abrille Beukes from St George's Diocesan College and Juan OCallaghan from Windhoek Gymnasium School won the national prizes for best performance in six NSSC higher level subjects.
Lo Shi-Chung from Etosha Secondary School and Imke Stehn from Delta Secondary School won the national prizes for best performance in five NSSC higher level subjects.
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.