20 December 2012

Namibia: Slight Improvement in Exam Results

Windhoek — There is a slight improvement in this year's results for Grade 10, compared to 2011, with 52.1 percent of the students who wrote the Grade 10 final examination qualifying for Grade 11.

Dr Abraham Iyambo, Minister of Education announced the results for the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) Grade 10 and Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) higher-level full and part-time examinations yesterday. The results will be posted on the ministry's website and published in various newspapers today.

This year 33 428 full-time Grade 10 candidates registered for the national examinations. Out of 33 428 candidates who registered in 2012, 17 407 have qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2013. This means that 52.1 percent of the candidates have qualified for Grade 11 compared to 51.5 percent in 2011.

"The number of candidates qualifying for admission to Grade 11 in 2013 might increase to approximately 20 107 because part-time candidates build up subject credits over a couple of years and normally meet the admission requirement to Grade 11 only after a number of years," Iyambo explained.

The ministry has since 2000 kept the minimum points for passing at 23 and F grade as a minimum symbol in English for admission to Grade 11 in 2013. The 2012, Grade 10 results show that the candidates performed well from the middle grades D and E to the higher grades, A, B and C with a decrease at the lower grades, F and G.

The ungraded entries (symbol U) have also decreased from 4.1 percent in 2011 to 2.9 percent in 2012. "This is an indicator of a better performance by the 2012 Grade 10 candidates," Iyambo noted. On average, the minister said, since 1993 the percentage of learners qualifying for admission has increased steadily from 37.2 percent to 52.1 percent, adding that "this needs improvement."

However, regions performed differently in the Grade 10 examinations, where some improved and others dropped compared to 2011.

The Oshikoto Region retained its top position as the best performing school both in 2011 and 2012, followed by the Omusati Region, which also retained its ranking unchanged.

The Oshana Region climbed the ladder from position five in 2011 to number 3 this year, while the Erongo Region dropped one place down from number three to four. The Ohangwena Region moved one place up from number six to five and the Caprivi Region, which was ranked at number four dropped two places down to six.

The ranking of the Kavango Region remained unchanged at seven, while the Omaheke Region moved five places up from number 13 to eight and the Kunene Region that was ranked at number 9 in 2011 also retained its position unchanged.

The Khomas Region moved one place up from number 11 to 10, while the Otjozondjupa Region dropped three places down from number eight to 11.

The Karas Region dropped two places down from number 10 to 12, while the Hardap Region dropped one place down to number 13 making it the worst performing region in the country.

The ministry identified 130 top performers in Grade 10 in all 13 regions, 65 of whom are female and 65 male. Further, Iyambo said the ministry has noticed the persistently high percentage of ungraded candidates in Accounting over the past years, though there has been a decrease of ungraded candidates from 26.2 percent in 2011 to 11 percent in 2012.

Twelve visually and hearing impaired candidates were able to score 23 points and above for admission to Grade 11.

Of the 10 425 part-time candidates most were registered with the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) and they performed much better during the 2012 JSC examinations with an improvement in performance in all grades ranging from A to G, which is supported by a decrease in the ungraded entries from 14.3 percent in 2011 to 10.5 percent in 2012.

The Grade 12 examinations are taken at two levels - at National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Higher and Ordinary levels. The finalisation of the NSSC ordinary level results is at an advanced stage and will be released around January 10, 2013. While, for 2012, a total of 10 610 of the 52 529 Grade 12 candidates (full and part time combined) entered for one or more NSSC Higher level subjects.

When compared to the 2011 results, the 2012 results indicate that the percentage of candidates obtaining grades 1 and 2 remained almost the same, while the percentage of candidates obtaining grades 3 and 4 have slightly increased.

"This slight increase in graded candidates at 3 and 4 show a slight improvement," Iyambo said. Meanwhile, Andreas Eggert from Otjiwarongo Secondary School scooped the 2012 National Open Scholarship for best overall performance on aggregate score in NSSC Higher level and will receive N$2000.

Bianca Peters from St George Diocesan College and Charles Fourie from Windhoek High School got a prize of N$1200 each for best performance in six NSSC Higher level subjects, while Christof Van Zijl and Efemena Ogbokor both from St Paul's College will receive N$1200 each for best performance in five NSSC Higher level subjects.

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