Part time legacy learners offered second opportunity for AS level

Martin Endjala

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture have announced that candidates who improved their marks through part-time tuition centers at NSSCO level and qualified to enter AS level for the first time on a full-time basis, will now be allowed to do so, provided they are 21 years or younger by 31 December 2022.

The Executive Director of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp today confirmed this in a media statement.

Full-time admission of part-time candidates to the Namibia senior secondary certificate advanced subsidiary (NSSCAS) and repetition for Namibia senior secondary certificate ordinary level (NSSCO) candidates, will now be able to attend school in all subjects for which they have qualified for and choose to do at AS level and not be restricted due to clashes in timetabling, Steenkamp says.

This comes after the consideration of financial difficulties experienced nationwide due to COVID-19 pandemic, in which the Ministry’s collaboration with the Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), “wishes to announce the interventions to enable candidates to continue with their education”, Steenkamp explained.

The Ministry is committed to pay Partial NAMCOL registration fee; Examination registration fee; as well as 50 percent of the NAMCOL subject tuition fee to a maximum of 4 subjects.

The ministry says that this is a ”once off intervention applicable to candidates who were registered full-time for NSSCO in 2021. And that the ministry urges all parents and guardians to be meaningfully involved in engaging candidates to utilize this second opportunity”, of returning fulltime to school, Steenkamp encourages.

In support of this intervention, NAMCOL has extended its registration period with two additional weeks to accommodate candidates who have not yet registered during the initial registration period ending on Friday, 11th March 2022

The extended registration period will run from Monday, 14th March to Thursday, 24th March.

89 enrolment points have been established across the country and candidates are encouraged to visit these points as early as possible to avoid a situation of not receiving study materials due to high demand.

The ministry has also announced that the results for the NSSCO/H (legacy) will be released at mid-day on 10th March and candidates who wish to improve (NSSCO) or pursue the NSSCAS are also encouraged to enroll with NAMCOL or other private tuition centers at their own cost.

Steenkamp further appealed to all stakeholders to take collective responsibility for education ”hence parents and guardians are urged to see to it that candidates are fully engaged in the learning

process”.

By Observer