Steenkamp not happy with Khomas Region's Gr 10 results

19 Dec 2013 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) – The Deputy Director of Education in the Khomas Region, Angeline Steenkamp says she is disappointed by her region's performance in the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examinations.
The Khomas Region dropped two places in the JSC/Grade 10 results’ rankings. It held the 10th position in 2012, but dropped to 12th place this year.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Steenkamp said despite the region’s overall poor performance, 54,5 per cent of schools in the Khomas Region have improved their results this year.
“As a region, we will analyse our results at the beginning of 2014 to work out strategies to improve our performance,” she noted.
This year's overall 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 qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2014 on the minimum requirement of 23 points and a symbol above F in English.
The Oshikoto Region retained its first position in the Grade 10 results, followed by the Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena, Kavango, Zambezi, Omaheke, Erongo, Kunene, Hardap, //Karas, Khomas and Otjozondjupa Regions.
Steenkamp said the Khomas Region has the ‘necessary ingredients’ to be one of the top-performing regions, but learners struggle to focus on their schoolwork due to negative distractions such as drug and alcohol abuse, a lack of motivation and ‘city life’ in general.
“We have the duty and responsibility to encourage and motivate our learners continuously,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Director congratulated the top performers from her region – two Grade 10 learners and six learners who wrote the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) higher-level examinations.
She encouraged all those who did not make it and who will get the opportunity to repeat Grade 10, saying they should ‘grab the opportunity with both hands’ next year.
“Your future lies in your own hands, and the region will definitely support you. To those who succeeded to Grade 11, keep on working hard, stay focused and you will reap the good fruit of your hard work,” she continued.
Education Minister David Namwandi announced on Wednesday that six of the 40 hearing and visually-impaired candidates who completed the JSC examinations scored 23 points or more, meaning they will progress to Grade 11.
Steenkamp said the Khomas Region is extremely proud of the improvement in the results of hearing and visually-impaired learners.
“It is an indication that impairment should not hamper anybody from excelling in life,” she stated.