More grade 12 learners qualify for tertiary education

A total number of 10 511 full-time candidates who sat for the 2019 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary and Higher Level examinations will qualify for admission to tertiary institutions in 2019 compared to 9 524 in 2018.

This is based on the minimum Grade D at NSSC Ordinary Level or Grade 4 at NSSC Higher Level in English and represents an increase to 42.1 per cent compared to 40.4 per cent in 2018.

A total of 61 137 candidates, comprising of 24 932 full-time and 36 205 part-time candidates, registered for the NSSC ordinary level examinations.

Making the announcement here on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka explained that furthermore, 23.3 per cent (5 821) of the candidates obtained between a Grade C or Grade 4 and better in English and may qualify for admission for degrees and diplomas at tertiary institutions.

She added that 38.7 per cent candidates compared to 37.8 in 2018 obtained between an E and an F grade in English and may qualify for admission for diplomas as well as certificate courses at other Institutions of Higher Learning.

Nghipondoka went on to say that the percentage of ungraded candidates increased with 0.1 per cent between 2018 and 2019, moving from 10.2 to 11.2.

The candidates' performance in grades A* and B remained at 0.4 per cent while C grade shows improvement of 0.2 per cent and the D garde with a slight improvement of 0.1.

The 2019 NSSC full-time candidates entries increased with 6.8 per cent which represents 12 495 between 2018 and 2019.

She highlighted the the part-time candidates' performance improved in average with 0.9 per cent in all grades from A to F with intermediate grades C to D achieved 0.4 per cent improvement.

The improved performance of the part-time candidates in all the grades is also a clear indication that more part-time candidates may qualify for admission to the Institutions of Higher Learning, Nghipondoka said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency