Coastal schools best in Erongo

The best performing schools in the Erongo region in the grade 10, grade 12 higher level and grade 12 ordinary level all hail from Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

28 January 2019 | Education

Walvis Bay Private High School (WBPHS) once again retained the top position in the Erongo region as the best performing school in the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Higher Level (NSSCH) with a total of 54 1-gradings and 70 2-gradings.

Duinesig Combined School retained the second position, while Namib High School is in third position, followed by Swakopmund Secondary School and Kuisebmond Secondary School.

English as a second language was also the best subject in the region, followed by biology, geography, physical science and mathematics.

De Duine Secondary School based in Walvis Bay was named the best performing school in the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level (NSSCO) examinations, demoting former best performing school Namib High School to second place.

The remaining three positions were retained by Kuisebmond Secondary School, Swakopmund Secondary School and Duinesig Combined School. English as a second language was the subject in which the students fared the best followed by mathematics, Afrikaans as a second language, physical science and geography.

Namib High School was named the top performing school in the Junior Secondary Certificate Grade 10 examinations. Duinesig Combined School was the second best performing school, followed by Swakopmund Secondary School. Erongo was also named the top performing region in English, sharing the position with the Khomas region.

Out of the 44 863 candidates who sat for the Grade 10 examinations, only 23 911 (53.3%) qualified for admission to Grade 11 nationwide.

As previously reported, Grade 10 will be part of the Senior Secondary Phase as from the 2019 academic year. The duration of the senior secondary education has been extended to three years in order to allow learners to have more time to learn. Learners will write the NSSCO level examinations at the end of Grade 11.

Learners will receive the NSSCO certificate that is the same status and quality as the current NSSCO, which is equivalent to the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). After obtaining the NSSCO, learners can proceed to Grade 12, register at tertiary institutions or seek employment.

Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) level will replace the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Higher (NSSCH) Level.

NSSCH is benchmarked against the Higher International General Certificate of Secondary Education (HIGCSE) which does not exist any longer. NSSCAS will be benchmarked against the Cambridge AS Level. NSSCAS is a one-year course, which will be offered in Grade 12.

For the senior secondary phase, the NSSCO will be Grades 10 and 11, from 2019. NSSCO and NSSCH are offered as separate courses.

Grade 11 is the first exit point. English and Mathematics are compulsory subjects in NSSCO only and technical subjects are re-introduced. New subjects are also introduced such as Chemistry, Hospitality, Agricultural Science, Metalwork and Welding, Woodwork, Building Studies, Motor-Mechanics, Technical Drawing as well as Health and Social Care.

NSSCH will be benchmarked against Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level.

For Grade 1 to 9, the new percentage range is A - 80% +, B - 70 - 79%, C - 60-69% D - 50-59%, E - 40 - 49% and U - 0-39%.

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