Failed Grade 10s urged to enrol at VTCs

Only learners who are 17 years old and younger will be allowed to repeat Grade 10 on a full-time basis, the Ministry of Education announced on Wednesday.

It said in a media statement that those learners who failed the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) Grade 10 examinations and are above 17 years old should register with part-time centers such as the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) and other centers registered with the Ministry of Education to upgrade their subject symbols.

“Learners’ admission for full-time Grade 10 repetition is voluntary, since some of them may opt to repeat only one or few of the subjects through NAMCOL or part-time institutions registered with the ministry that will enable them to qualify for admission to Grade 11 in 2016,” said the ministry.

Out of 35 592 candidates who sat for the Grade 10 examinations in 2014, 19264 qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2015 – a percentage of 54.1.

Last year, 2 665 candidates were allowed to repeat the grade in the formal education system in 2014, and 1 799 (67.5 per cent) qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2015.

“If a candidate chooses to repeat Grade 10 as a full-time learner at a school, the candidate will not be allowed to carry forward the subject symbols of the previous examinations,” read the statement.

This means that if a candidate was in Grade 10 in 2014 as a full-time candidate and chooses to repeat Grade 10 as a full-time candidate in 2015, only the subject symbols of the 2015 school year will be considered.

The main objective is to allow such candidates to build up subject credits over a number of years in order to meet the admission requirements to Grade 11.

Moreover, candidates have been encouraged to register with Vocational Training Centers (VTC) through the Namibia Training Authority and Community Skills’ Development Centers (Cosdec’s) to improve their skills in vocational education.