Namcol beset with challenges

21 Jun 2013 11:30
GOBABIS, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - Dependence on formal school teachers, learners? inconsistent attendance, and the apparent inability of the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) to attract male learners are some of the challenges faced by the education institution.
Addressing teachers attached to Namcol in the Omaheke Region here on Thursday, Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi said the college has been struggling to create pathways for its learners which would allow them to progress once they are done with Namcol. Murangi noted that as many of its learners are still young, they found the self-study method to be cumbersome for them, resulting in many frequently missing lessons.
?We have very young learners, especially in Grade 10, who are not that committed to their studies. It is even more difficult for them to create a study routine on their own and stick to it without the direct supervision usually encountered in formal education,? he noted.
The fact that the college uses teachers from the formal school system to teach its learners has also made its extremely difficult to ensure quality control as the teachers are often fatigued from holding down two jobs, Murangi noted.
Although the college is open to all who are interested in pursuing their studies in the programmes offered by the college, it has nonetheless been encountering difficulties attracting male learners to the institution.
Out of the 33 712 learners enrolled with the institution for the current year, only 30 per cent are males.
According to the director, the college has now embarked on programmes that would see its learners moving away from lower grades and scoring higher grades during their end-year examinations.
Murangi as such called on relevant stakeholders to support the college in order for it to realise its set objectives.
In the 14 years of its existence, Namcol has grown exponentially to become the largest education institution in Namibia in terms of the number of registered learners.
Such status has earned the college national and international acclaim.
The gala dinner was convened to bring Namcol teachers and role players in the Omaheke Region together to share notes.