More Grade12s passed in 2014, more qualify for university

A total of 8 300 full-time Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary and Higher-Level learners qualified for admission to universities in 2015, compared to 7 300 in 2014.

These learners obtained a D Grade in Ordinary Level and Grade 4 Higher-Level in the Grade 12 examinations written during October/November last year.

The number could however increase to 10 924 when an E symbol for English is considered for admission to tertiary institutions.

The above number excludes part-time candidates, because they build up subjects credits over a number of years and only meet tertiary admissions after several examinations.

To qualify for admission at Namibian university, candidates need to be graded in English at either First Language or Second Language and need to have a minimum of 25 points and above.

In a media statement availed to the media on Wednesday, the Ministry of Education said that 93.2 per cent of the 19 392 full-time candidates who sat for the Ordinary-Level examination were graded, compared to 93.0 per cent in 2013. In 2014, only 6.8 per cent were ungraded, compared to 7 per cent in 2013.

Overall, the passing rate of full-time Ordinary-Level students increased by 0.2 per cent.

The results show that the performance of full-time candidates remained the same at Grades A* and D compared to 2013, with a better performance at Grade A, B, C and G, while a poorer performance at Grade E and F was recorded because more candidates obtained higher grades.

“The better performance of the full-time candidates is also supported by a decrease of 0.2 per cent of ungraded entries. This is an indication that the 2014 full-time candidates performed better compared to the 2013 candidates,” read the statement signed by Permanent Secretary Alfred Ilukena.

The part-time candidates still performed poorer, as poorer grades B, C, D, E, F, and G were recorded, while the performance of Grade A* and A remained the same.

Of the total 25 540 part-time candidates who sat for the Grade 12 examinations, 79.2 per cent were graded in 2014, compared to 82.1 per cent in 2013.

“The poor performance of part-time candidates is supported by an increase of 2.9 per cent in the ungraded entries when compared to 0.4 per cent in 2013,” said the ministry.