DESPITE millions of Namibian dollars pumped into the education sector over the past two years, the 2012 Grade 12 ordinary level results are worse than the previous year.
"As a nation, we must interrogate ourselves," Deputy Minister of Education David Namwandi said yesterday. He said the results were "worrisome" and "disheartening".
Out of 19 027 full-time candidates, 93,1% were graded compared to 93,6% in 2011.
Namwandi said although candidates have performed better at grade A* and A, "energy must be geared to improve and reverse" the poor performances at from grades B to G. The majority of candidates fall in the B to G grades.
"A critical look at these results reveals a slight decrease in the percentage of graded entries from 93,6% in 2011 to 93,1% in 2012. This is also supported by an increase of the ungraded entries from 6,4% in 2011 to 6,9% in 2012 which represents a 0,5% increase," Namwandi said.
Based on these performances, he said it was almost certain that 7 500 candidates would qualify for admission to tertiary institutions, a figure excluding Namibian College of Open Learning candidates. Last year more students qualified for tertiary education.
In order to qualify for admission to a tertiary institution, candidates must have at least 25 points and a D in English.
"More children could have been successful if they could have received enough support from all parents and guardians," Namwandi said.
Also, of the 22 964 part-time candidates, only 81,7% were graded in 2012 compared to 83% in 2011.
The ordinary level results are measured on an eight-point grading scale with an A* indicating exceptional performance or distinction and a G representing the lowest performance worthy of a grade. Candidates who failed to obtain the minimum standard to be graded are ungraded, which is indicated with a U-symbol.
Other symbols are an X, which indicates no result, Q indicates that results are under investigation or pending and an I indicates that the candidate was absent or the results are incomplete.
Candidates performed well in Afrikaans, German, Oshikwanyama, Oshindonga, Otjiherero, Setswana and foreign languages such as German and French. Other subjects with good results were Computer Studies, Design and Technology, Fashion and Fabrics, Physical Science, History and Office Administration. Hundred percent of candidates for these subjects were graded.
Candidates performed less well in Business Studies, Economics, English as a second language and first language, Khoekhoegowab First Language, First Language Timbukushu and Home Economics.
The number of full-time candidates was 19 027, and part-time 22 864. The majority of part-time candidates - 22 666 - were registered with the Namibian College of Open Learning.