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Ministry of Education Addresses Plight of Learners who Failed Grade 10

Learners who did not meet the requirements for promotion to Grade 11 and who are 17 years or younger on the first day of school are allowed to repeat Grade 10. Learners in this category are eligible to repeat Grade 10 preferably at their former schools on a full-time basis. Johanna Absalom Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture said full-time repetition leads to learners forfeiting the points that they obtained during the previous years of JSC examinations.

Minister of Education Arts and Culture Honorable Katrina Hanse-Himarwa in December 2016 announced that last year, 38 240 Full-time Grade 10 candidates sat for the national examinations, adding that the Ministry has kept since 2000 the minimum points at 23 and F grade as a minimum symbol in English for admission to Grade 11 in 2017.
She further noted that out of 38 240 candidates who wrote the Grade 10 examination in 2016, 21 291 have qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2017, representing 55.7% of the candidates who have qualified for Grade 11.
Hanse-Himarwa stated that the number of candidates qualifying for admission to Grade 11 in 2017 might increase to approximately 24 291 because part-time candidates build up subject credits over a couple of years and normally meet the admission requirement to Grade 11 only after a number of years.

Spotlight News sat down with Ministry of Education Arts and Culture Public Relations Officer Johanna Absalom on mechanisms put in place to address the plight of Grade 10 learners who failed to meet the requirements for admission to Grade 11,

  • Age limit,
  • Forfeiting points from previous years of JSC examinations,
  • Where to register for repetition etc.



-Interview by Maggie Forcelledo