Class of 2021 sets the tone and raises the bar​….as they record only 7.7% ungraded fail nationwide.

Tujoromajo Kasuto

The pioneering Advanced Subsidiary level Class of 2021 has set a mark that should be emulated by those following in the footsteps.

The candidates achieved an average of a C-symbol in all subjects.

The trailblazers as the Minister of Basic Education referred to them, only recorded a 7.7 average ungraded symbol.

This group was the first to write AS level examinations following the phasing out of the Legacy Curriculum.

In total, 5007 candidates sat for their AS Level National Examinations in 28 subjects at 102 full time centers, 4592 and 415 candidates wrote at 88 public schools and at 14 private schools, respectively.

Mathematics and Computer Science outperformed the other subjects in the science field of study at grades a and b, whereas the other four subjects namely chemistry, physics, biology and agricultural science averaged at grades c and d.

On average, 89.5 percent of the etries are graded and 10.5 are ungraded in this field nationally.

Students in commerce subjects are outperformed by candidates in the science field across all grades.

65.2 percent of the candidates in this category obtained d and better grades although the performance is poorer when compared with the science field, with 73.6 percent.

The performance of the candidates in English and Afrikaans Second Languages shows exceptional results with an average cumulative percent of 86.2 at d and better grades.

The performance in 12 First Languages demonstrates good performance in KhoeKhoegowab, German, Rukwangali, Rumanyo, Silozi and Thimbukushu scoring higher than 90 percent cumulative percentage at d and better grades.

Announcing the results in Otjiwarongo today, minister Anna Nghipondoka says the first ever class of Advanced Subsidiary level (class of 2021) made them proud with the attainment of the exceptional average grades.

She reminds the public that the results were announced against the backdrop of a difficult few years, with the leaked question papers in some NSSCO subjects for the revised curriculum and Legacy causing a significant setback to the Ministry and the country as a whole.

Fortunately, this unpleasant incident did not affect the AS Level Examinations, she stressed. The Ministry is cognizant of the fact that these candidates need to submit their provisional results to Institutions of Higher Learning during the registration period.

Nghipondoka says her team worked tirelessly to ensure the early release of the provisional results for students to be able to submit their results to institutions of higher learning for registration, both at home and abroad. The 2021 provisional results of Grade 12

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) level full-time candidates will be available on the Ministry’s website and sms services as from today, starting at 12h00 noon and ultimately also through the print media.

St Pauls College in Windhoek took the bragging rights as top for top performing students this year with Jada Izaks and Chika Libukuth ranked first to second. Ndateelela Ndjamba of Gabriel Taapopi Secondary School in Oshana and Melissa Nel of Edugate

Academy in Otjiwarongo are in third and fourth place, respectively.

Patrick Tenga of Elcin Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region and Paavo Nghikevali of Onawa Secondary School in the Omusati Region came in fifth and sixth place.

Ando Amunkete from St Paul’s College and Griffith Bezuidenhoudt Windhoek High School in Khomas region are in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Tuli-Meameno Shatona from Gabriel Taapopi in Oshana and Magdel Van Der Merwe from Windhoek Gymnasium in Khomas are ranked ninth and tenth, respectively.

Nghipondoka said the “pioneers and trailblazers” proved to the nation that sheer dedicated efforts, sacrifices and hard work are rewarded.

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