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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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