12 Jul 2013 05:40
MARIENTAL, 12 JUL (NAMPA) ? After-school homework classes help slow learners to achieve better results in education, as they receive more attention than in the normal classroom settings.
This view was expressed by part-time teacher Donett Beukes here on Friday when Nampa asked her for measures that should be undertaken to improve the quality of education in the country.
Beukes currently assists 15 children with their homework, doing it four times a week at her house (known as Eden House) in Mariental.
Most of these children are attending school at the Danie Joubert Combined School in Mariental, mainly from Grades Two to Seven.
The children?s parents requested Beukes to assist with the extra classes last year, and they have been paying her N.dollars 400 per child every month.
The general idea is that a child should attend Beukes? classes for a whole year, but the arrangement is so flexible that a child could be accommodated for longer as long as the parents are willing to continue paying for the service.
She stressed that it is also very important for guardians and parents to give extra attention to children?s education outside the formal school environment.
During the extra classes - which run from 14h00 until 16h00 - the children at Eden House are also assisted with spelling, basic computer skills and mathematics.
?I love what I am doing for our own children. I think as parents and teachers, we must adopt a culture of giving homework classes. If we do that, the children?s minds will be well-prepared from a tender age, and most of them will never fail,? said a confident Beukes.
She further emphasised that Namibian children should be taught the English language as most of them currently graduate from the primary education level without being able to speak, read or write proper English.
She would also be willing to accommodate more children in her classes if she could only get a volunteer to assist with the workload.
?I have enough space here. All I need is just some more volunteers, chairs, tables and computers. With that, we can help a lot of children who do not get the assistance I give to the fortunate few here,? she stressed.
Although the 15 children who are now under her care are all from the white community, she does not discriminate against other races.
Meanwhile, Hardap is currently hosting a regional education conference aimed at finding solutions to the problem of poor results for Grade 10 learners.
The conference started here on Wednesday, and ends on Saturday.