The Namibia Junior Certificate (JSC) Results was announced yesterday and out of the 34 054 candidates who wrote Grade 10 examinations, 18 613 learners (54.7 %) passed and will be promoted to Grade 11 after they achieved the required 23 points. The Erongo Region dropped 4 four places after they were ranked #4 in 2012 and now slipped down to the 8th position.
Duneside High School was ranked the best school in the Region in the JSC Examination this year and Swakopmund Private School was ranked the best school in the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate for Higher Level. In a media briefing on Wednesday, Dr David Nawandi said that the exam results for all Grade 10 and Grade 12 Higher Level lear-ners showed some improvement compared to last year's results. The promotional requirements for the learners who wrote their Grade 10 examinations are that they should maintain a minimum of 23 points along with a symbol above F in English, one of the mandatory promotional subjects.
Statistics show an increase of 2.6 percent from 2012, where 52.1 percent of pupils nationwide qualified for admission to Grade 11.
“On average, since 1993 the percentage of learners qualifying for admission has increased steadily from 37.2 percent to 54.7 percent. However, I believe things could be better,” said the Minister during the media briefing.
Oshikoto Region remains the best performing region, followed by Oshana Region, which moved a place up, while Omusati Region dropped one place to third. Ohangwena, Kavango and Zambezi came in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. The Otjozondjupa Region is the worst performing region this year, while last year's worst performer, Hardap Region, has moved three places up to tenth position. Khomas is the second worst performing region behind Karas, Hardap and Kunene in ninth place, Erongo is in the eighth spot and Omaheke having im-proved slightly and moved up one place to become the seventh best performer.
Saint Boniface College in Rundu remains the best performing school, fol-lowed by Negumbo Senior Secondary School, Canisianum Roman School, Edugate Academy, Heroes Combined School (CS) and Oshigambo Secondary School in sixth place.
The six worst performing schools, from bottom, are Gam CS, Ndoro Memorial CS, Adam Steve CS, Mabushe CS, Vooruitsig Junior Secondary School and Augustineum Secondary School. Female learners out-performed their male counterparts this year once again, where 130 of the best performers, 79 (60.8 percent) were female while 51 or 39.2 percent of the total were male. Candidates also got better grades in individual subjects with less ungraded symbols in Computer Studies, Geography, History, Home Economics, Life Science, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, German First Language, Portuguese First Language, Khoekhoegowab First Language, Oshikwanyama First Language, Oshindonga First Language, Otjiherero First Language, Silozi First Language, Design and Technology, Needlework and Clothing, Keyboard and Word Processing and Sign Language.
The worst performances were recorded in Accounting, Afrikaans First Language, German Foreign Language, Entrepreneurship and Integrated Performing Arts.
The Ministry of Education only released Grade 12 examination results for Higher Level, while the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level results would be announced in January 2014.
Out of a total of 54 589 Grade 12 candidates, 11 728 learners sat for the Higher Level subjects in 2013.
The results showed an improvement in aggregate percentage, with graded entries increasing from 95.4 percent in 2012 to 95.8 percent in 2013, which has allowed more students to qualify for university entrance requirements.