Candidates had ample time to register for NSSC exam
02 November 2020 | Education
The education ministry is advising grade 11 and 12 learners who failed to register for the 2020 National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) examinations to consider registering next year.
“Some candidates forgot or neglected to register for exams and want to register now. Unfortunately, we need to advise these candidates to consider registration in 2021 as an alternative avenue to obtain their National Senior Secondary Certificate through registered institutions such as the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol),” education minister Esther Nghipondoka said.
She said due to public concern the issue was discussed with the office of the ombudsman.
She added that these problems could have been avoided if candidates and their schools or examination centres had complied with the prescribed timelines and written guidelines.
No changes can be made to the data management system after the final statistics are entered, she explained.
“It is important for the credibility of examinations that only the required number of question papers based on total subject entries are procured, and producing additional copies of question papers at a late stage is not permitted.”
Nghipondoka said the initial deadline for verification of registrations was 24 April. Because of the coronavirus lockdown, the deadline was postponed to 8 May, with new guidelines for schools and heads of examination centres on how to handle verification.
The edited list of candidates was expected to reach the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment by 12 May.
“The deadlines were relaxed again for an additional one week to 18 May to allow some part-time centres to complete verification. Specific communication was sent to Namcol to ensure that all their candidates did their own verification.”
Nghipondoka said if there are any errors in a candidate's recorded information, they must urgently contact the examination centre where they registered.