Only 19 000 out of 68 000 who started Grade 1 in 2003 wrote matr

19 Jan 2015 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JAN (NAMPA) – Out of 68 400 learners who enrolled for Grade One in 2003 only 19 392 managed to sit for last year’s Grade 12 national examinations.
The Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN) president Mahongora Kavihuha made the revelation at a media conference on Monday, saying that 71.6 per cent of children who started Grade One 12 years ago did not manage to reach matric, which is a matter that needs to be looked at.
“It is wrong for us to base our performance on two grades only (Grade 12 and 10) while the chunk of the Namibian learners are falling out along the way and we are doing nothing to address that situation,” he said.
Kavihuha further said that “we cannot judge our achievements with competing numbers and academics, but social development as well”.
He questioned what learners are able to do when they leave school at any level, noting that it must be the yardstick.
This year, out of 19 392 learners who sat for the Grade 12 national examinations, only 8 300 qualified for tertiary education.
Meanwhile, Kavihuha further expressed disappointment towards Government’s education institutions that do not have proper statistics departments.
He said that they are public institutions and the public needs to know the following: How many students register with higher education; How many students manage to complete their courses in time/or longer; How many students receive financial assistance and for which fields; How many VTC places are available ; what budget goes to them, etc.
The TUN leader said that the National Council of Higher Education which is in existence for more than 10 years only managed to register four institutions namely International University of Management (IUM), Institute of Open Learning (IOL), Triumphant College, and Montessori; while the Namibian Qualification Authority (NQA) has accredited 34 institutions and their programmes.
“Whenever the minister is encouraging those who did not meet the requirements to proceed to the next grade, he makes reference to vocational training centres (VTCs) but the capacity at those institutions is limited,” he said.
Kavihuha urged the Ministry of Education to inform the public on the implementation status of the new revised curriculum through the national broadcaster (NBC) and newspapers, because “teachers are not going to entertain last minute training and delivery of materials”.