17 January 2013

Namibia: Thousands Qualify for University

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Windhoek — Out of 19 027 full-time candidates who sat for the October/November 2012 Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level examinations, 7 500 qualified for admission to tertiary institutions in Namibia and elsewhere this year compared to 7 868 last year.

To qualify for admission to universities in Namibia candidates must be graded in English at either first or second language level and must obtain a minimum of 25 points and above. A total of 41 891 candidates sat for the 2012 national examinations at 162 full-time examination centres of which 19 027 were full-time and 22 864 were part-time candidates.

St Boniface College in the Kavango Region is again Namibia's top performing school, retaining its number one position in the 2012 Grade 12 Ordinary Level results. The school boasts a 100 percent pass rate for all its 43 Grade 12 learners. Just like last year, St Paul's College took second place.

"The results are clear for everyone to see that other schools did not work as hard as we did last year. We doubled our efforts, and therefore I am not surprised that my school retained the number one spot," St Boniface College Principal, Mary Phillis Yesudasan said yesterday during an exclusive interview with New Era.

Seven of the top ten best overall performers in the country attended St Boniface College. The other three best overall performers in the country attended Maria Mwengele Secondary School and Haimbili Haufiku Secondary School.

Windhoek Gymnasium Private improved to 3rd place from the 5th place last year, while Oshigambo moved up to 4th place from 8th place and Canisianum Roman moved into the 5th position from the 10th spot last year.

Juuso Shikongo, a new school in the Oshikoto Region took 6th place, while Delta is in 7th position from being in the 12th spot, while St George's Diocesan School slipped to 8th position from the 7th place last year.

Negumbo dropped from its 3rd place in 2011 to 9th last year, while Etosha Secondary School moved to the 10th spot from position 21.

Ekulo Senior Secondary School also improved moved up from position 28 to 11th, while Haimbili Haufiku Secondary School is in the 12th spot up from the 15th spot.

Namib High remained unchanged at number 13 in 2011 and last year, while the Gobabis Gymnasium Private School dropped from 4th place to number 14, Elcin Nkurenkuru High School improved to position 15 from position 23, while Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School also improved its position and went up to position 16 from the 26th spot.

The Edugate Academy dropped from number nine to 17, while Tucsin dropped from number 16 in 2011 to 18 last year, while Westside High School moved six places to position 19 from the 25th spot. Dr Romanus Kampungu dropped from position 18 and is now ranked in the 20th position.

The Erongo Region retained its top position as the top performer for 2012, followed by the Oshikoto Region, which improved by three places moving from number 5 to number 2, followed by the Hardap Region which came in third place, up from position 7, while the Kavango Region dropped from 3rd place to number 4. The Ohangwena Region moved from 8th place to position 5 in the pecking order, while Khomas Region dropped from the 4th to the 6th place.

The Otjozondjupa Region took the plunge from 2nd place to a disappointing 7th place, while the Caprivi Region took a tumble from 6th place to 8th in the ranking. The Omusati Region moved one place up from 10th into 9th place, while the Kunene Region also improved from 13th to 10th place. The Oshana and Omaheke regions retained their rankings unchanged in the 11th and 12th positions respectively, while the Karas Region dropped four places from 9th to 13th.

Dr David Namwandi, the Deputy Minister of Education who announced the results yesterday said the NSSC Ordinary Level results of the full-time candidates show the percentage of graded entries decreased from 93.6 percent in 2011 to 93.1 percent last year.

"This is worrisome. As a nation we must start interrogating ourselves, because one-way or the other, we have an influence on the results. For those who did not make it, the failure of a person is not the end of his or her life. There is always a second chance," Namwandi said during the press briefing.

He said the results show that the performance of the full-time candidates remains the same at Grade A*, with a slight increase in grades A and a slight decrease in performance from the grades B-G. The results also show an increase in un-graded entries from 6.4 percent in 2011 to 6.9 percent.

Candidates who failed to obtain the minimum standard to be graded will be un-graded, which is indicated by the 'U' symbol. While the 'X' symbol means no results and the symbol 'Q' stands for results that are still pending due to investigation and 'I' indicates that the candidate was absent or the results are incomplete.

The top ten candidates with the best overall performance nationally in the NSSC Ordinary Level examination are Annastasia Mukanda Kandingo, Andreas Hungamo both from St Boniface College, Matheus Taapopi (Maria Mwengere Secondary School), Ndahambelela Matheus (Haimbili Haufiku), Bernhard Mukuve (St Boniface College), Selma Shikukumwa (St Boniface College), Eunike Makili (Haimbili Haufiku Secondary School), Martha Siwombe (St Boniface College), Carlos Diniz (St Boniface College), as well as Joaquim Dias also from St Boniface College.

The results will be made public today in all 13 regions.

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