13 Jun 2013 11:40
OTJIWARONGO, 13 JUN (NAMPA) - The Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi on Wednesday praised the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) for taking distance education services closer to the Namibian people.
Namcol is a State-owned institution under the Ministry of Education and provides learning opportunities for adults and out-of-school youth.
?I can proudly say I am thrilled today, and I am happy with the management of Namcol and its operations,? said Namwandi during the inauguration of the new Namcol Central Regions? Campus in Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region on Wednesday.
The new campus is the headquarters of Namcol learners in the Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Erongo regions.
Namwandi said since he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Education and then promoted to Minister of Education, he has been following Namcol?s operations closely.
All he has seen so far is Namcol using Government resources and money from the Ministry of Education wisely and efficiently.
Namwandi said he was happy to see several students from Namcol entering tertiary institutions, and becoming strong and valued professionals working in Government and private employment.
He said it is naive for any person to look at Namcol as a sub-standard institution of learning.
?I urge you to throw away that notion. Namcol is not a second option of learning or a sub-standard education institution,? Namwandi stressed.
He urged Namibians to accept the truth that Namcol is a real education provider.
The minister then urged Namcol staff members to work hard and always produce quality ?critical-thinking? students for the institution to continue gaining a good reputation.
On his part, Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi said the inauguration of the new Namcol central regional campus here was clear testimony of Government?s commitment in placing the education of the nation as the first priority.
?Therefore, this investment by Government in Namcol is in line with the Government?s policy on education for all,? he said.
Murangi added that Namcol will continue to provide necessary distance education services to the Namibian youth and adult students all over the country?s 13 regions.
So far, about 35 000 students have enrolled with Namcol since its inception in 1997.
Namcol's Board Chairperson, Justin Ellis also attended the inauguration here on Wednesday, and pledged to give all the needed support to grow Namcol.
Construction on the Namcol campus here started in May 2012, and was build at a cost over N.dollars 28 million.
The campus has an administrative block, tutorial classes, multi-purpose and resource centres, a hall, science laboratory, study rooms and a computer centre for Namcol and external learners.