2021 records poorest part-time matric performance …. English achieves lowest score at ordinary level

Eba Kandovazu

PART-TIME candidates who sat for the 2021 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate(NSSC) Ordinary and Higher level performed the weakest compared to the last three years, with 28 percent of the candidates not being graded in Ordinary Level subjects.

Announcing the results today, Education Minister Anna Nghipondoka said that on the Ordinary Level, the performance was more alarming with a higher decline from Cs to Gs observed. English, as a second language, received the poorest results with 57 percent of the candidates not graded, followed by commerce subjects with more than 30 percent ungraded.

On Higher level, accounting performed the poorest with 87 percent ungraded followed by Mathematics and Geography with more than 60 percent of ungraded candidates.

“This should concern all stakeholders and requires collaborative\ efforts to improve the performance. Despite the poor performance, allow me to acknowledge and congratulate candidates who have improved their results. Your efforts and dedication do not go unnoticed,” Nghipndoka stressed.

Last year, 40 362 part-time candidates sat for the national examinations, which was 1525 candidates less compared to 2020, which saw 41 887 candidates sitting for exams.

With the phasing in of the new education curriculum, last year’s examination marked the end of all national examinations based on the old curriculum, also referred to as the legacy curriculum.

“From now on, the ministry will only be conducting two national examinations namely NSSCO (Grade 11) and NSSCAS based on the new curriculum,” Nghipondoka concluded.

By Observer