Education Deputy Minister urges Oshikoto Directorate to improve

01 Mar 2014 11:10am
ONATHINGE, 01 MAR (NAMPA) - The Deputy Minister of Education, Silvia Makgone has called on the Oshikoto Education Directorate in northern Namibia to improve its Grade 12 examination results in order to get big number of learners to tertiary education.
Makgone made the call while speaking at the 2014 Oshikoto Region Performance Enhancement Award Ceremony held at Onathinge South Combined School (CS) in that region on Friday.
Although the directorate is nationally ranked number two in the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary level and eighth in the NSSC higher level examinations, Makgone pointed out that it is only a few students who qualified for further studies at institutions of higher learning.
A total of 2 176 candidates sat for Grade 12 examinations in 2012, and only 532 – or a mere 24,4 per cent - have qualified for tertiary education.
Last year, there were 2 082 candidates and only 431 could proceed to tertiary institutions, meaning the majority are at risk of joining the already large numbers of unemployed young Namibians.
“When we take a closer look at the top 50 ordinary level candidates to see how many are from this top performing region we get only one candidate,” Makgone noted, naming Ananias Elize from the Etosha Senior Secondary School (SSS) as the candidate who was in 44th position.
This, Makgone said, is an indication that the directorate should work on the problem if it is to be true to its vision statement which is to be “the Leading Region in Academic Excellence”.
The Education Deputy Minister acknowledged that the current state of affairs regarding education in the country is not impressive and, as such, principals, inspectors, regional offices and all stakeholders should take their respective roles seriously to ensure improvement.
Speaking at the same event, Education Deputy Director for the Oshikoto Region, Vilho Shipuata expressed satisfaction that his region was ranked first and second in last year’s Grade 10 and 12 examination results respectively.
The newly-consecrated bishop of the Western Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN), Dr Veikko Munyika also attended the event.