Pre-Entry to Tertiary Education Programme (PETE)


The PETE programme is a special programme, necessitated by the trend that current science and technology related programmes at institutions of higher learning indicate low admission in relation to gender and the previously disadvantaged groups. The PETE programme was thus introduced to address the mismatch and bridge the gap between exit skills at secondary level and the required entry skills at higher education level. 

Objectives of this programme

This programme aims to give learners the opportunity to rewrite specific NSSC (O/H) subjects and improve their competencies to levels which will enable them to gain admission into tertiary institutions, and be able to cope with curricula demands at tertiary level. 

Admission requirements

Candidates are required to submit their applications at NAMCOL’s regional and sub regional offices. The selection process involves preliminary screening of applications and the administration of aptitude tests. 

Candidates who wish to apply for this programme must have:
  • a minimum E symbol in the four target subjects;
  • should be prepared to write an aptitude test.

Application procedures

Prospective candidates can collect an application form at NAMCOL’s regional and sub-regional offices. A non-refundable application fee of N$ 50-00 per learner is payable. No late applications will be received.

Documents Required

Please submit the following documents with your application:
  • Certified copies of proof of identity ID document (Namibian ID or passport, NAMCOL learner ID,birth certificate)- please submit original documents
  • Certified copies of original Gr. 12 certificate for the most recent examination you sat (certified copies of documents are not acceptable)

Application Period

Applications open in January for three weeks. The dates will be announced in the media.


Fee Structure

The following fees must be paid in full at enrolment:
  • N$ 95.00 (non-refundable registration fee per learner)
  • N$ 300.00 (for each subject)

Examination Fees

Registration and payment for the examinations should be done at the Ministry of Education, Directorate National Examinations and Assessment (DNEA).