22 Dec 2013 12:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 22 DEC (NAMPA) - The Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examination results for 2013 in the //Karas Region have shown an improvement, as the region moved a place upwards from 12th to 11th in the national rankings comparing performances per region.
Oshikoto was the best performing region, followed by the Oshana Region in second place.
The percentage of Grade 10 learners who will be promoted to Grade 11 also increased from 45.1 per cent in 2012 to 46.4 per cent this year.
The same can be said for the results of the Grade 12 High Level examination, as the //Karas Region is now ranked 12th countrywide, after moving a place up from the 13th spot it occupied last year. The Omusati Region was the worst performer and is now ranked 13th.
Speaking to Nampa about the results on Friday, Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning Jacqueline Rukamba, who is currently the acting Regional Education Director, said the improvement is appreciated but much still needs to be done.
Though we are still very low in the national rankings, as a region we are happy with the performance this year. In 2012 we had 10 schools below the regional promotion target of 50 per cent, in 2013 we only have seven schools below that regional target, she said.
Rukamba said activities such as the annual motivational principal meeting, which is held by //Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi and the holiday schools initiatives have helped to improve the standards of education in the region.
Schools that have improved their performances this year will be approached to share their strategies with the rest of the schools in the region in an effort to help all schools perform better, she added.
Rukamba noted that schools such as Lordsville Junior Secondary moved from fifth place in the regional ranking to second place this year; Karaburg Secondary School moved from 10th place to sixth; and EHW Baard Combined School moved from seventh place to third.
Keetmanshoop Junior Secondary School moved from 12th to 10th position in 2013.
The Hardap Region also did a good job by moving from being the worst performer in the Grade 10 exams last year to 10th position this year.
In the Grade 12 high level results, the Hardap Region is standing at number three this year.
The //Karas and Hardap regions have done better than the Khomas Region, which is now ranked 12th in the Grade 10 exam results, while Otjozondjupa became the worst performer in this category.