2 NEWS Thursday, December 21 2017 | NEW ERA Significant number of Grade 12s may qualify for university WINDHOEK A significant number of Grade 12 candidates may qualify for admission to universities, based on the 2017 academic results of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. Minister Katrina Hanse- Himarwa revealed this during the announcement of the 2017 Grade (JSC) and Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Higher Level results here yesterday. The minister said even though there is a drop in performance at grades 1, 3 and 4 compared to 2016, the combination of both higher level and ordinary level results will make it possible for many to qualify for tertiary education. “The higher level results show that 65.8 percent of the candidates obtained Grade 3 and better, keeping in mind that Grade 3 is a minimum requirement for admission at universities.” Of the 72 619 Grade 12 candidates, who set for the national examinations, 16 314 (22.5 percent) entered for one or more NSSC Higher Level subjects. “The number of higher-level candidates increased by 1 571 (10.7 per cent), compared to 2016,” Hanse-Himarwa added. The ministry encouraged learners, who have successfully completed Grade 12 (pending results), to seek admission for further studies in institutions of higher learning locally, regionally and internationally. R e g i o n a l e d u c a t i o n directorates in the country have been encouraged to expand the offering of higher-level subjects to more schools to pave the way for the introduction of the subjects at Advanced Subsidiary Level to be implemented in 2021. Ordinary Level results (full and part-time) is at an advanced stage two weeks of January 2018, said the ministry. – Nampa RESULTS From page 1 The minister encouraged those who have failed not to despair but to explore other options such as enrolling through Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), and vocational training centres through the Namibia Training Authority. Pupils who are 17 years of age and younger would be allowed to repeat Grade 10 in 2018 provided there are places available at the schools, Hanse-Himarwa Statistically, the Grade 10 results show a slight improvement of 5.5 percent or 1 171 candidates who met Grade 11 admission requirement compared to 21 291 in 2016. A total 22 462 representing to Grade 11 in 2018 out of 40 599 full-time candidates who sat for year. Hanse-Himarwa said the number of candidates qualifying for admission to Grade 11 in 2018 might increase to approximately 25 462 due to part-time candidates who build up subject credits over a couple of years and normally meet the admission requirement to Grade 11. She noted that the ministry traditionally ranked the regions according to their performance, which from an objective perspective, has been challenged by various role players. “The ministry is currently exploring different ways of presenting national rankings that will present the results in such a way that the regions can learn best practices from each other,” she said. Therefore, she analysed the results per best performing regions based on the compulsory subjects in order to gauge the performance of the learners per region against the national performance. These compulsory subjects include English second language, Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science, Geography and History. NAMCOL From page 1 revealed in an interview with New Era yesterday. He said this year they had enrolled 12 500 and for next year they increased the number to 15 000. A total 12 044 part-time candidates were enrolled with the NAMCOL while 689 parttime candidates were enrolled with various distance education institutions registered with the Ministry of Education. In total, 12 733 part-time candidates were registered for 2017 national examinations compared to 11 735 registered in 2016. This represents an increase of 998 (8.5 percent) candidates. He noted that 2017 has not been an easy year due to the economic crunch experienced by all sectors in Namibia. Murangi is hopeful the Ministry of Education will hear their pleas and allocate them additional resources to accommodate more learners who failed to make it in the formal education system. NAMCOL remains a highly recognised and relevant institution for learners to upgrade their subject symbols. The Vocational Training Centres through the Namibia Training Authority are also available as avenues to further learners’ careers. During the 2017 academic year, 3 270 candidates were allowed to repeat of which 2 246 (68.7%) 11 in 2018. Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse- Himarwa, yesterday commended the candidates who passed for their hard work, as they managed to capitalise on the second chance they got. She said a comparison of cumulative percentages since 2013 indicates that the performance of the 2017 candidates is much better at higher grades A and B, while slightly poorer at intermediate lower grades. “Well done to you all. It can, therefore, be construed that more of the part-time candidates might qualify for admission to Grade 11 in 2018,” she commended. The poor performance of the candidates at intermediate grades is due to the increase of ungraded entries of 10.9 percent compared to 6.8 percent in 2016. “I think overall, the learners did very well in terms of high grades such as A and B symbols. The objective has always been that as many students as possible achieve A, B and Cs. But the learners also did not do well in terms of C, D and E grades, as there was an increase in ungraded entries. This is because of the number of subject entries not entered for exams. This is an area of concern,” Murangi stressed. He said the learners register for exams but they do not go and sit for the exams, which affects their performance in terms of the grading. He is, however, glad that the students improved in terms of the A and the B grades, which is even better compared to the A and B grades of full-time learners. Hanse-Himarwa said the high number of candidates not meeting the admission requirement for Grade 11 remains a grave concern to the ministry and she encouraged these candidates not to despair but to explore other options in order to further their academic aspirations. 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We consider the frequency of cases and what may likely eventuate. For instance, closer to election years, we make provision for litigation. Emergencies and unplanned events obviously occur and we only relay our needs to the Ministry of Finance for budgetary support,” explained Shanghala. Earlier this year, during the debate on German reparations for the atrocities committed against Namibians, Shanghala said the United Kingdom lawyers had been appointed for nine months to assist Namibia’s negotiating teams with research, both in Namibia and internationally, as well as with the drafting of input statements. “As you know, Germany is the most legally sophisticated country on the European continent – hence the need to engage English lawyers, who are aware of European community law, was obvious,” Shanghala said recently during debate on the matter in the National Assembly. Yesterday, he pointed out that of the Attorney General is just over N0 million, which many General spent about N5 000 on foreign lawyers, more than N million on local lawyers. The office itself has 154 prosecutors, which are said to prosecutors often leave in search of greener pastures. The total staff Attorney General is 260 out an available 376 posts. “Some people measure justice being served by the number of cases we win or lose. While we we win matters, particularly in the that the quality of the arguments we present to the court do not only enrich our jurisprudence, but also we trust that they contribute to the education of our colleagues, who are in the profession, particularly, of public law,” said Shanghala. “In essence,” the Attorney General indicated, “success is obtained when justice is served, and served timeously. Winning and losing may evince the delivery of justice.”
Thursday, December 21 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Education ministry to do away with regional rankings WINDHOEK The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has changed the traditional ranking of regions to performance based on compulsory subjects. Announcing the 2017 Grade 10 and Grade 12 Namibia Senior Level results here on Wednesday, education minister Katrina Hanse- Himarwa said the previous ranking of regions was not rational. She said the traditional ranking outcome in performance of a given region per compulsory subject. number one, what are the bases used, does it mean that it scored 100 percent in all the subjects? This creates a false impression and people start to think that they are really overall good, while when one goes deep and analyses the performance, it speaks of something different,” she said. Hanse-Himarwa said the ministry is exploring different ways in which the national rankings can be presented so the results can help regions to learn best practices from each other, according to their performance in compulsory subjects. She said the ministry has analysed the results in compulsory subjects in order to gauge the performance of learners per region against the national performance. According to the analysis, in the JSC results, seven regions performed below the national average of 48.6 percent in English as second language. The regions that performed above the national average in English as second language (in no particular order) are // Kharas, Hardap, Khomas, Omaheke, Erongo, Otjozondjupa and Zambezi. In physical science and life science, eight and nine regions respectively performed below the national average. The national average pass rates of these two subjects are 44.6 percent and 45 percent respectively. In no particular order, the regions that performed above average in physical science are Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kavango East and Kavango West, while those that performed on or above average in life science are Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kavango East. In geography, nine regions performed below the national average of 46.4 percent, while in history 10 regions performed below the national average of 48.4 percent. The regions that performed above the national average in geography are Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Kavango East. In history, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto and Kavango East performed above the national average. “What we deduce from this is that the majority of regions did not perform well in most subjects,” Hanse- Himarwa said. She urged regions that performed on their performances and implement action plans for improvement in 2018. – Nampa Hepatitis E outbreak hits Windhoek Alvine Kapitako Windhoek In light of the Hepatitis E outbreak in Windhoek, the Ministry of Health and Social Services has cautioned the public to maintain good hygiene at all times as a preventative measure. permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Petronella Masabane, past three months patients have been going to health facilities, particularly Katutura Intermediate Hospital, with symptoms suggestive of liver disease. Most of these are from the informal settlements, namely Havana, Goreangab, Hakahana, Greenwell Matongo, Ombili and Katutura. B and C, which came back negative. That was when they were tested for Hepatitis E. Furthermore, a 26-year old woman who had delivered her baby died on November 19, following complications from the disease, said Dr Lilliane Kahuika, medical epidemiologist in the epidemiology division of the health As of yesterday, 26 patients were tested for Hepatitis E. Nine tested positive, four tested negative, while eight results were still pending. The last Hepatitis E outbreak was declared in Albertina Nakale Windhoek Windhoek High School has regained its status of producing some of the best academic performers, after three of its pupils were crowned as three best students in all six Namibia 12 Higher Level examinations for full-time candidates who sat in 2017. well in all six NSSC Grade 12 Higher Level examinations. Larisa Oosthuizen from Windhoek High School scooped the national open scholarship for best overall performance on aggregate score in NSSC Higher Level as well as a prize of N,000. Another pupil from Windhoek High School is David Fourie, who got the national Higher Level subjects, and N,200. Maryke van der Merwe, from the same school, also got a national prize based on subjects and a N,200 prize. The other learner is Lauri Anne Potgieter from Edugate Academy who got the national prize based on best performance in six NSSC Higher Level subjects and N,200. Henry Johnston from St Paul’s College received the national prize based on best performance in six NSSC Higher Level subjects and N,200. The Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, who yesterday announced the results for higher level, said the (full-time and part-time) is at an advanced stage 1983, added Masabane. Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by Hepatitis E virus (HEV). HEV infection usually results in a selflimiting, acute illness but most people recover completely. Type 1 and 2 have been associated with waterborne outbreaks. The outbreak case-fatality rate is of about 1 percent for the general public and 10-30 percent in pregnant women. and will be released early in January 2018. A total of 16,314 from 72,619 Grade 12 candidates (full-time and part-time combined) entered for one or more NSSC Higher Level subject. When compared to the 2016 results, the 2017 results indicate a lower performance at grades 1, 3 and 4, while a drop of 3.1 percent was observed at grade 2. The graded entries reduced with 1.1 percent from 95.5 percent in 2016 to 94.4 percent in 2017. The results show that 65.8 percent of the candidates obtained grade 3 and better, keeping in mind grade 3 is a minimum requirement for admission to university. New Era caught up with some of these overall best performers to share the secret to their academic success. Van der Merwe said she doesn’t have a secret, but worked hard every day. She believes in herself and uses her “Godgiven talent”, saying she is nothing without Him. “I am very excited. My parents and my friends are a vital role in who I am, my important stuff, and then later the unimportant stuff. It is necessary to give up on a few things that you like to do, but it’s all worth it in the end,” she said. She applied at the University of Namibia (Unam) School of Medicine. Johnston said most students get it wrong because they go to school to impress their parents or teachers. The incubation period is two to ten weeks, said Masabane. The symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice (discoloration of eyes), dark urine, clay coloured stool and pain in the joints. Preventative measures include boiling or purifying drinking water, washing hands using soap before preparing food, or before eating, and after using the toilet, after changing a baby’s nappies, after shaking hands, and keeping toilets and surroundings clean. Masabane also urged people, especially those living in informal settlements, to do defecating in a plastic bag and disposing of it in the surroundings. “We have to nip this in the bud,” she stressed. Meanwhile, the Minister of Health and stressed the importance of personal hygiene and particularly the regular washing of hands. “It’s not just about how to manage the disease. It’s beyond that. One of the strongest transmitters of disease is handshaking. You have to wash your hands,” emphasised A team consisting of stakeholders such as the City of Windhoek, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Social Services is working vigorously to contain the disease. Windhoek High excels in Grade 12 Higher Level Larisa Oosthuizen from Windhoek High School Minister of Health and Social Services, Maryke van der Merwe from Windhoek High School Henry Johnston from St Paul’s College. it. For me I had personal goals that I would try and meet. Doing it for yourself generally means not accepting other people’s standards. If the teacher feels you got 80 percent for a test that, you have to look within yourself … am I happy with where I am and if your answer is no then it is up to you to go beyond what understanding that the school or the teacher is not giving you,” Johnston advised. He applied in South Africa at the University of Stellenbosch to study mechatronics, which is a combination of mechanical and electronical engineering. He would like to specialize in medical Oosthuizen said she started preparing for her success in Grade 11. She says Grade 12 is an exciting year with many things such as the matric farewell, but one should never lose focus. She says one must know what one’s goals are, so as not to lose focus when enjoying things. “I mostly work hard on my own, it’s my for myself, so I did do a few extra classes, but not like every day or every week. When I needed help with something like seriously, I did extra classes, but otherwise I like to put in extra effort on my own,” she shared. She applied for a full-time sports course at ETA College in Windhoek because she loves sports. “I have a passion for sports and I am already studying biotechnology through Unisa. I want to do biomedicine to become a biomedical scientist, that’s my dream,” she said.