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A total 118 schools identified to offer NSSCAS level

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A total of 118 schools, consisting of 95 public and 23 private schools, have been selected countrywide to offer the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) level.Of these, 20 schools are in the Khomas Region, 14 in Oshikoto, …

A total of 118 schools, consisting of 95 public and 23 private schools, have been selected countrywide to offer the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) level.

Of these, 20 schools are in the Khomas Region, 14 in Oshikoto, Erongo 12, Otjozondjupa 10 while Omusati and Hardap have nine schools each.

Ohangwena, Oshana and Zambezi have seven schools each, ||Kharas six, Kavango East and Omaheke have five schools each while Kunene and Kavango West have four and three schools, respectively.

Deputy director at the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED), Willemien Wannberg on Friday revealed to Nampa that the schools were selected regionally based on certain criteria.

Among the criteria used, she explained include that the school must have offered higher level before and should have the capacity in terms of resources such as teachers and laboratories. The schools must have hostels to accommodate learners from schools that will not offer AS level. Regions also had to look at schools’ overall performances and as such schools with better performances were selected.

Wannberg added that geographic locations of schools also played a role in some regions although it was not the main criteria.

“Some regions are widespread so they had to ensure that they select a school in each of the towns in those particular regions to avoid identifying more schools in one town and nothing in the rest of the region,” she said.

Wannberg also stated that there have been regions that have indicated an interest in expanding AS level offering schools, saying such schools should apply through the exam board.

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture recently indicated that a total of approximately 7 518 NSSC Ordinary level candidates qualify to take up at least three subjects on Advanced Subsidiary level in 2021.

The ministry had further indicated that regional education directorates have been provided with results of qualifying candidates by way of broadsheets to conduct placements of successful candidates to proceed to Advanced Subsidiary schools.

However, Khomas acting education director Paulus Lewin told Nampa on Friday that placements in the region had been put on hold due to the new promotional requirements’ official circular that was only sent to schools on Friday. However, placement in the region might have to continue next week due to changes communicated in the circular.

Source: Namibia Press Agency