The Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that it has been possible to release the preliminary results before Christmas. We thank the Directorate National Examinations and Assessment and the Regional Offices of Education for the smooth administration of the examinations as well as teachers who assisted with marking. Candidates are also congratulated on their results and are wished a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
The NSSC Higher Level results for the full-time and part-time candidates are to be announced simultaneously in all regions on Thursday 22 December 2011 at 08:00.
The results will be available on the website of the Directorate National Examinations and Assessment at www.dnea.gov.na, the website of the Ministry of Education www.moe.gov.na and will also be accessible via an SMS service.
The following procedure should be followed when using the SMS services. Send a message which gives the name of the examination, e.g. NSSCH followed by the surname and first name of the candidate.
Example: NSSCH Kaperu Theo
Write your full examination number
Example: NSSCH 10HE250025
Send this information to any of the following numbers 2929 or 99099 and in response your surname, name and results will be displayed on the screen of your cell phone.
Both the website and the SMS service will become active on, Thursday, 22 December 2011 at 24:00 hours midnight.
2. The NSSC results released under cover of this Press Statement are only those of the Higher Level examination (formerly HIGCSE). The results of the NSSC Ordinary Level examination (formerly IGCSE) will be released after processing in early January 2012.
3. The NSSC Higher Level examination, consisting of 21 subjects, was available at 106 Senior Secondary Schools in the country which are 10 more than in 2010. All the educational regions had schools which offered NSSC Higher Level.
4. In total 10 597 or 20.3% of the 52 291 Grade 12 candidates (full-time and part-time combined) entered for one or more NSSC Higher Level subjects. The number of Higher Level candidates increased by 1 733 or 19.6% if compared to 2010. The number of NSSC Higher Level subjects each candidate entered for differs from school to school and from candidate to candidate. Each full-time candidate has to take six subjects at senior secondary level, therefore, those candidates with fewer than six NSSC Higher Level subjects had to enter for one or more NSSC Ordinary Level subjects.
5. The NSSC Higher Level qualification was designed to comply with any University and Technikon admission requirements, therefore, mainly those subjects needed for admission to such institutions were made available for examination at Higher Level. It is not possible at this stage to determine how many candidates qualify for admission to Universities, because for most candidates their NSSC Higher and Ordinary Level results will have to be combined, although in most cases the majority of these candidates qualify after combination of results.
6. The results of the NSSC Higher Level examination are reported on a 4-point scale of grades: 1, 2, 3 and 4 of which grade 1 is the highest and grade 4 the lowest. Candidates who have failed to reach the minimum standard for a grade 4 will be ungraded which is indicated by a “U” symbol. The points are awarded on a point scale as follows: 1 = 10; 2 = 9; 3 = 8 and 4 = 7.
7. THE PROVISIONAL NSSC HIGHER LEVEL RESULTS ARE RELEASED IN TWO FORMATS:
7.1 The national and regional results in NSSC Higher Level syllabuses: (See Annexures A1 - A14)
These tables under Annexures A1 - A14 give for each subject the total number of candidates examined (total column right) and for each grade the number of candidates having obtained that grade (first row) and the cumulative percentage of candidates at that grade (second row). For example, for Biology (Annexure A1) 1 211
candidates were examined, 361 obtained grade 2, and the cumulative percentage indicates that 44.21% of the candidates obtained a grade 2 and better.
7.2 Broadsheets of Provisional Results
These sheets give per school (examination centre) the grades obtained per candidate for each of the subjects.
8. COMMENTS ON NSSC HIGHER LEVEL RESULTS
8.1 General comments on grades obtained.
(a) In 2011, 96.2% of all candidates having entered for NSSC Higher Level subjects obtained a grade 4 or better when compared to 95.5% in 2010. This means that only 3.8% of the total entry was ungraded when compared to 4.5% in 2010. This performance, based on the ungraded entries, is slightly better than 2010, i.e. only 0.7% higher. (see table 2)
(b) A grade 3 or better symbol is required in a NSSC Higher Level subject for entry to Universities. On that basis 68.7 % of the subject entries in 2011 have met this minimum requirement compared to 68.6% in 2010. The percentage of candidates having obtained a grade 3 and better in 2011 represents an increase of 0.1% when compared to 2010.
8.2 Comparison of the 2011 and 2010 NSSC Higher Level results
(a) Table 1 gives the percentage of candidates at each grade from the highest (1) to the lowest grade (4) over a period of five years. Therefore, the percentage of candidates appearing under grade (1) represents those having obtained a grade 1 only, the percentage under 2 represents those who obtained 2 only, the percentages under 3 represent those who obtained 3 only and so on. (Please note these percentages are not cumulative percentages).
Excellent performances by individual candidates
(a) Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) are making prizes available for excellent performances in the NSSC qualifications. A National Open Scholarship for the best overall performance in NSSC Higher Level (N$2 000-00), two national prizes for the best performance in six NSSC Higher Level subjects (one female and one male, N$1 200-00 each) and a further two national prizes for the best performance in five NSSC Higher Level subjects (one male and one female N$1 200-00 each). The 2011 prize winners are as follows:
Male Uhrich, Philip (National Open Scholarship for best overall performance on aggregate score in NSSC Higher Level) N$2000.00, ST Paulu’s College (NAE40/0041)
Male Shonhiwa, Anotidaishe (National prize based on best performance in six NSSC Higher Level subjects) N$1200.00, ST Paulu’s College (NAE40/0041)
Female Koekemoer, Anja (National prize based on best performance in six NSSC Higher Level subjects) N$1200.00, ST Paulu’s College (NAE30/0002)
Male Das, Dhruvin (National prize based on best performance in five NSSC Higher Level subjects) N$1200.00, Delta SS (NAE09/0023)
Female: Owolabi, Dupe (National prize based on best performance in five NSSC Higher Level subjects) N$1200.00, Windhoek High School (NAE25/0465)
DATES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE RELEASE OF THE RESULTS
The results were already despatched to schools via the regional offices to enable them to release the results simultaneously countrywide at 08:00 on 22 December 2011. Schools will provide candidates with their individual Statements of Results. In addition to the handing out of Statements of Results to candidates at schools, regional offices will provide a service during office hours by supplying results from the Broadsheets to candidates and relatives who personally visit the regional offices or phone the numbers given in attached Annexure C.
The certificates with the final results of the 2011 NSSC Higher Level examination will be forwarded to the schools/centres where candidates have sat for the examination in April 2012.
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
The results of the 2011 NSSC Higher Level show that most of the candidates were able to obtain Grade 3 and 4, which is a better performance when compared to 2010. The results also show that there had been an increase of 96.2% of graded candidates when compared to 95.5% in 2010. This also resulted in the decrease of ungraded candidates from 4.5% in 2010 to 3.8% in 2011.
In conclusion, the results have shown a better performance of 0.1% on Grade 3, which is a minimum grade required for admission to Universities. Thus if compared to 2010, more candidates may qualify for Universities admission, though it still requires the combination of other subjects on NSSC Ordinary Level.
The five top candidates in six and five NSSC Higher Level subjects are also congratulated. The Ministry is hereby encouraging Regional offices to expand on the offering of Higher Level subjects in schools.
Mr ALFRED ILUKENA