There is a need to study root cause of Gr 12 failure: Nanso

20 Jan 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) said there is a need for all stakeholders to come together and interrogate the root cause of the 2013 Grade 12 failure rate.
In an interview with Nampa here on Monday, Nanso's Secretary for Information and Publicity Owen Matengu expressed concern that the Grade 12s never reach a 50 per cent pass rate, and this has become a growing concern.
He urged all stakeholders to come together and review the content of the curriculum and examination.
Matengu noted that the recently released Grade 12 pass rate is a disappointment to the student body, saying: “We are not producing for the economy but for the streets”.
He then suggested that in order to motivate and encourage the learners to study hard, the Ministry of Education should send prominent educated people to schools for motivational talks to learners.
These prominent people, he explained, are people who have “made it” in life, did not have the same opportunities as learners of today and used candles to study.
Matrngu noted that today, learners have more opportunities such as electricity, Internet and libraries which can assist them to pass.
A total of 42 861 full-time and part-time candidates were registered at 171 full-time and 117 part-time examination centres last year.
This number comprised 19 501 full-time and 23 360 part-time candidates. A total of 21 407 part-time candidates were registered with the Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol), while 1 953 were registered with other private providers approved and recognised by the Ministry of Education.
Announcing the 2013 Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level results in the capital last week, Education Minister Dr David Namwandi said the results of the full-time and part-time candidates reveal that the candidates performed better at Grades D, E and F, while there is no change in percentage in Grades B and G, which remain the same as in 2012.
The results showed a slightly poorer performance at Grades A*, A and C, and further revealed that the same percentage of ungraded entries as in 2012, remaining at 10,3 per cent.
Namwandi explained that based on the D Grade at NSSC Ordinary Level and a Grade Four at NSSC Higher Level, 7 300 full-time candidates qualify for admission to tertiary institutions.
This is compared to the 7 500 full-time candidates who qualified for tertiary institution admission last year.