Stop stereotyping Namcol: Makgone

21 Feb 2014 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) - The Deputy Minister of Education has called on Namibians to stop stereotyping the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol)'s learners as she says they are as good as learners at any other institution.
Sylvia Makgone said this in a speech read on her behalf by the Director of the Namibia Library and Archives Service (NLAS), Veno Kauaria at Namcol’s fourth prizegiving ceremony in the capital on Friday.
The ceremony saw Namcol’s best achievers in the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) and Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) 2013 examinations being recognised for their hard work.
Makgone said what makes Namcol learners unique is that although they were “down and under”, they did not quit.
“You were able to get up and make new plans to achieve your own goals, of which obtaining good grades became your priority,” she said.
The deputy minister noted that just because these learners did not obtain the required grades the first time around, it does not make them less intelligent, adding that there are different reasons why some learners do not achieve the qualifying grades the first time around.
She went on to say such learners might have had a minor setback, but they are now well geared for a better future and fired up by a sense of commitment, hard work and perseverance.
Speaking at the same occasion, Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi said the performance of the institution’s learners in 2013 was better than that of the 2012 learners.
He said there were a total of 33 700 learners last year, of which 10 723 were in Grade 10 and 22 977 in Grade 12.
He added that of the 9 990 learners that sat for Grade 10 national examinations in 2013, Namcol managed to get 92,9 per cent of the subject entries graded compared to 89,5 per cent recorded in 2012.
He said the higher grades (D and above) improved from 20,8 per cent to 25,7 per cent in 2013, noting that there was an improvement in Grades B,C,D and E, with a stable performance in the A grade.
He said 21 407 learners sat for the NSSC national examination last year compared to 19 507 in 2012.
NSSC graded entries increased from 81,7 per cent in 2012 to 82,1 per cent in 2013, while the higher grades increased from 19,6 per cent in 2012 to 21,3 per cent in 2013.
Murangi expressed concern that there are still a lot of learners that lack academic discipline, and who do not attend tutorials, take continuous assessment seriously, hand in assignments or read and revise their work.