11 Jul 2013 10:20
MARIENTAL, 11 JUL (NAMPA) ? Prime Minister (PM) Hage Geingob on Thursday expressed concern about many students failing Grade 10 every year across the country, and urged them to have ?a drive for passing?.
?I am deeply concerned by the fact that far too many students are still failing their Grade 10 examinations. The reality in today?s world is that a young woman or man who does not complete a high school education and does not move on towards possessing a university degree, is at a competitive disadvantage,? the Premier said during the official opening of the Hardap Education Conference underway here.
He then encouraged the students, saying it does not matter which subjects they are studying because as long as they have discipline and a desire to pass, they will pass and be productive citizens.
Geingob also suggested that Namibia needs to introduce free education at tertiary level so that more and more people are equipped with educational skills which they can use to transform the country?s economy.
?We need to speak to businesspeople in the country so that they can set aside 100 scholarships for university students every year,? he enthused.
The PM noted that education must prepare students for life so that they are able to apply what they learn in the classroom in the practical world.
?Friendly and supportive teachers get more attention from learners, and that encourages learning and passing. Therefore, we must consider this when we look at the poor performances in our country.
I challenge Hardap regional leaders and students to be on top of their game to improve the education performance,? said Geingob.
A lack of parental involvement in children?s education is also a problem which causes failure, he added.
?If we accept our responsibility and help follow-through, we will create student success,? he stressed.
On her part, Hardap Governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa urged all education stakeholders to work hard, and to realise the regional dream of achieving good Grade 10 results at the end of this year.
?I am not happy with the fact that our region has been at the bottom of the national rankings in the Grade 10 results for three consecutive years. Why should it be like this? We cannot be left behind anymore,? Hanse-Himarwa stressed.
The four-four day conference is a platform for education stakeholders and political leaders to discuss and analyse problems hindering good performances in the region, and to find solutions to change the situation.
Students from different schools in the region as well as local authority leaders are attending the conference, being hosted by the Hardap Education Directorate, in conjunction with the office of the regional governor.
Deputy Ministers Priscilla Beukes and Theo Diegaardt, and National Council MP Margaret Mensah-Williams are also present.
The conference is taking place under the theme ?Grade 10 - Striving for Academic Excellence?.