Of the 37 441 full-time candidates who registered for the Grade 10 examinations this year 20 318, or 54.3 percent, have passed to Grade 11 next year.
The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, made the announcement at a press briefing yesterday.
Hanse-Himarwa further announced that the full results, which would be released today, show a slight decrease in performance of learners at grades B, C and F with a slight improvement at grades A, D and G.
She said learners have performed the same as in 2014 at grade E, while the graded entries have also slightly increased from 6.6 percent in 2014 to 6.7 percent this year.
“This is an indicator of slightly poorer performance of the 2015 Grade 10 candidates, and this is supported by a slight increase of 0.2 percent of the ungraded entries from 2.7 percent in 2014 to 2.9 percent in 2015,” the minister noted.
In summary, she said, regarding performance the 2015 results are the same as in 2014.
The ministry will also today release the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) higher level results for full-time and part-time candidates.
This year, a total of 13 172 of the 61 159 Grade 12 candidates (part-time and full-time combined) entered for one or more higher level subjects.
When compared to 2014, the 2015 results show that the percentage of learners obtaining grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 decreased compared to last year.
The graded entries decreased from 96 percent in 2014 to 95.4 percent this year, which is supported in the ungraded entries from 4 percent in 2014 to 4.5 percent in 2015.
This year’s International Examination prize winners include Nina Mosehuus from Edugate Academy, who scooped the national scholarship for best overall performance on aggregate score in NSSC higher level and a prize of N$2 000.
Chrisna Matthe from Windhoek Gymnasium and Torben Callesen from St Paul’s College were each awarded the second prize of N$1 200 in six subjects, while Fysal Elmarakby from Gabriel Taapopi Secondary School and Antonia Roth from St Paul’s College got the third prize of N$1 200 in five subjects.
When aggregating the top performers in all 14 regions, taking ten top performers per region, the minister said it gives 140 best performers.
A total of 83 learners are female and 57 are male, meaning females outperformed males in the Grade 10 exams.
Regional ranking shows that Oshikoto, Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena and Kavango East remain the top five regions as was the case last year, while Zambezi dropped two places down and Kavango West moved up one place. Erongo Region moved up one place, followed by Omaheke which dropped two places down from positon nine last year. Khomas Region also dropped two places, Kunene moved two places up, //Karas dropped one place down, Otjozondjupa moved three places up and Hardap remains the poorest performing region as was also the case last year.
Learners who did not make it to Grade 11 are advised to register with part-time centres such as the Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol) and also enrol with vocational training centres through the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) to obtain skills in vocational fields.
The minister said that about 2 501 learners in Grade 10, who are 17 years and younger, will be allowed to repeat in 2016. Last year 3 286 candidates were allowed to repeat of whom 2 231 qualified for admission to Grade 11 next year.
A total of 11 383 part-time learners were registered and the results show that they performed slightly better during the exams at grades C to G.
The ministry has since 2 000 kept the minimum points at 23 and F grade as a minimum symbol in English for admission to Grade 11 in 2015.