Namcol is not created for school failures: Murangi

21 Jun 2013 08:00
GOBABIS, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - The Director of the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) has called on the entire education fraternity and public to embrace the institution?s programmes and do away with the perceived negative image the institution carries.
Speaking out against the notion that Namcol was created for failures, Heroldt Murangi said such perception has often led to learners - many of whom could be assisted through programmes offered at Namcol - shying away from the institutions, and as such missing out on an opportunity to educate themselves.
Murangi made the remarks during a gala dinner here on Thursday evening, which was convened to bring Namcol teachers and role players in the Omaheke Region together to share notes.
The Namcol director noted that it was not fair to compare the institution?s performance to that of a conventional high school, as their modus operandi differs.
?The idea was not to make Namcol another high school. That will indeed be defeating the purpose for which Namcol is created as it will simply be an extension of the same services already available. Hence, Namcol stands out as an institution of open learning, and not a high school per se,? he said.
According to Murangi, Namibia is in need of people with various skills and expertise which many learners may not master during their years of conventional schooling, making an institution such as Namcol a vital player in the education sector.
?We cannot expect all Namibians to have doctorate degrees. We need people with practical expertise in certain fields too. As we do not always grasp things at the same pace, institutions like Namcol become necessary,? said Murangi.
Namcol is a semi-autonomous educational institution created by an act of Parliament in 1997, and falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education. It offers programmes for adults and out-of-school youth to further their education.
The programmes on offer are in three categories: secondary education, professional, and vocational. The college?s programmes have drawn national and international recognition.