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Performance of learners poorer in all grades compared to 2017 – Hanse-Himarwa

Performance of learners poorer in all grades compared to 2017 – Hanse-Himarwa

Hon Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture announced the overall results of the 2018 Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) and Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Higher Level Results on 19 December 2018.

Hanse-Himarwa said that in total 44,863 full-time Grade 10 candidates sat for the final JSC examination compared to 40,599 in 2017. She said 23,911 candidates, representing 53.3% have qualified for admission to grade 11 for 2019 compared to 22,363 or 55.3% in 2017, indicating a drop in the performance of the candidates of 2% between 2018 and 2017.

With the Grade 12 examination she said a total of 17,968 candidates, comprising 16,932 full-time and 1036 part-time candidates were registered for the NSSC Higher Level subjects. “The 2018 results indicate an improved performance at Grades 1, 2 and 3 whereas a slight drop of 0.6% is observed at Grade 4 and only 6.1% candidates were ungraded in different subjects, therefore the graded entries decreased with 0.6% from 94% to 93.9% between 2017 and 2018,” she explained.

She emphasised that this year 85.5% of the part time candidate were graded in different subject. 66% of the candidates obtained Grade 3 or better grade in comparison to 65.8% in 2017. “Grade 3 is the minimum requirement for admission to universities and therefore with the combination of Higher Level and Ordinary Level subjects a significant number of candidates may qualify for admission to universities,” she added.

She said in summary that 53.3% of the candidates who wrote the Grade 10 JSC examination met the minimum requirement of 23 points and an F symbol in English for admission to Grade 11 in 2019. “At Higher Level the outcome of 66% for Grades 1 to 3 is commendable and the candidates are congratulated for a job well done, but the overall performance of the candidates is slightly poorer in all grades compared to 2017,” she reiterated.

She concluded by congratulating all the candidates on their result and encouraged Regional Education Directorates to explore measures to improve their results regionally and at school level.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.