Although the amount of students taking the Namibia Senior Secondary (NSSC) Ordinary Level examination increased in 2015, there was a drop in the amount of learners who qualified for admissions to tertiary institutions as compared with results from 2014.
For 2015, 20 301 full-time candidates, an increase of 909 candidates from 2014, and 27 531 part-time candidates, an increase of 1 991 candidates from 2014, comprised of 47 832 registered exam-takers. These learners were registered at 182 full-time and 148 part-time examination centers.
“The majority of the part-time candidates, 26 685 were registered with Namibia College of Open Learning; while a total of 846 were registered with other Private Institutions recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture”, the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa stated at a media briefing.
For the October/November examinations, 6056 learners qualified for admission to tertiary institutions, which was a decrease from 7536 in 2014.
The Minister stated that, “[…]much more still need[s] to be done as the percentage of qualifying candidates did decrease from 39.9% in 2014 to 29.8% in 2015”.
Candidates who qualified for tertiary institutions must still meet the requirements of admission to those institutions.
Addressing those who did not qualify for admission to tertiary institutions, the Minister stressed that, “the future of this country does not solely depend on students who enter institutions of higher learning, but also on other critical skills that can be obtained through various other institutions such as Vocational educational institutions countrywide and elsewhere.”
Although many schools have improved during 2015, as shown through examination scores, Boniface in the Kavango East continues to lead with candidates being the best overall performers nationally in six NSSC Ordinary Levels.
The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture concluded by urging learners to study hard and not give up on themselves as well as warning schools to stop demanding voluntary fees from parents.
“When we say parents should not be forced to pay voluntary fees, we are not saying parents should not support the schools, but parents should bring something on the table to assist the school and it does not necessary mean in the form of money but in kind, but let voluntary be voluntary”, she said.