Windhoek — A total of 14.4 percent of the more than 41 000 learners who completed their Grade 12 last year qualify for university entrance.
However, the Ministry of Education says the overall figures of those graded improved significantly compared to 2010.
"Based on the good performance from grades A*- D, it is now almost certain that the combination of full-time and part-time candidates who qualify for university admission will surpass 6 000 this year," said Dr David Namwandi, the Deputy Minister of Education.
He made the announcement yesterday when he announced the 2011 results for grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary-level for full and part-time candidates.
For 2011, a total of 41 694 full and part-time candidates were registered at 161 full and 98 part-time examination centres.
There were 20 273 full-time and 21 421 part-time candidates.
Compared to 2010, the number of full-time candidates increased by 356 (1.8 percent) to 20 273 candidates.
Some 3 600 out of about 17 000 grade 12 learners passed in 2008, and the same number in 2009 and 2010.
Namwandi said the results for the 2011 full-time candidates show an improvement in performance from grade A-D and F to G.
Candidates further performed the same at grade A*, while they have decreased with a 0.1 percent for grade E.
"Grade E is the only grade where candidates did not perform well during these examinations. Thus, this time around our learners deserve a round of applause," stated the deputy minister.
A critical look at the results, said Namwandi, revealed an improvement in the percentage of graded entries from 93.1 percent in 2010 to 93.6 percent last year, up by 0.5 percent.
This, he said, is also supported by a decrease of upgraded entries from 6.9 percent in 2010 to 6.4 percent in 2011.
Graded means candidates will receive their national certificates although they did not pass with 25 points which is a requirement for university entrance.
However, he noted that part-time candidates did not perform well compared to 2010. For 2011, the number of part-time learners increased by 706 (3.4 percent) to 21 421.
"The results of the part-time candidates show a decrease in performance in the whole grade ranges from A*-F, with a slight improvement at grade G only. This is a worrisome scenario," he reacted.
The ministry had observed a decrease in the percentage of upgraded entries from 17.2 percent in 2010 to 17 percent last year, which Namwandi said is a step in the right direction.
The NSSC ordinary level results are reported on a 8-point scale of grades; A* to G. Candidates who failed to obtain the minimum standard to be graded are upgraded which is indicated by a "U" symbol. Symbol X means (no results), It means (absent or incomplete results) and Q represents (results under investigation or pending). The symbols also appear on the statements of results of candidates.
Meanwhile, some regions have improved significantly while others dropped during last year's grade 12 examinations.
Like in 2010, Erongo again performed better than other regions, including Otjozondjupa which improved from fourth position in 2010.
Kavango is at number three from its 10th position in 2010.
Khomas Region took number four, dropping from its third rank in 2010, while Oshikoto remains at fifth position since 2010.
Caprivi Region, which was at number 12, has improved to sixth position, while Hardap, which was second in 2010, dropped drastically to number seven.
Ohangwena dropped from number seven to eighth rank, followed by Karas Region, that was number eighth in 2010.
Omusati moved a rank back to 10th position from nine in 2010 and Oshana remains at number eleven as it was in 2010.
Omaheke dropped from the sixth rank to number 12 while Kunene remains the worst performing region in ranking order at number 13, just as it did in 2010.