Learners' placement successful in Ohangwena

28 Jan 2015 12:49pm
EENHANA, 26 JAN (NAMPA) – The Ohangwena Education Directorate has successfully admitted 10 637 Grade One learners and 10 889 pupils in Grade Eight in its 251 schools for this academic year.
Director of Education in the Ohangwena Region, Sanet Steenkamp said this while speaking during the directorate’s Annual Regional Reflection Stakeholders’ Meeting on the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) (Grade 10) and National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) (Grade 12) held at Eenhana last Friday.
Although a provision was made to accommodate 2 777 Grade 11 learners in the Ohangwena Region this year, Steenkamp pointed out that only 2 577 of them have reported at the schools under her directorate.
She stressed that the appointment of teachers remains a big challenge in the region.
“In terms of teacher appointments, we appointed 440 temporary, professionally-unqualified or under-qualified teachers and only 82 permanent teachers (this year),” she explained.
Another concern for the directorate, Steenkamp said, is an increasing problem of sewage and over-crowdedness in school hostels.
She said circumstances and need have forced the directorate to accommodate 5 280 learners in its 10 Government hostels this academic year.
However, Steenkamp has expressed satisfaction that all school hostels have received sufficient matrasses, and 975 beds were repaired and delivered to the hostels already last year.
Speaking at the same meeting, outgoing governor Usko Nghaamwa of the Ohangwena Region noted that education officials, school inspectors, principals, teachers and learners worked tirelessly for the region to move from fourth to third place in the 2014 NSSC-Ordinary level examination results nationally.
“I want to acknowledge the fact that you worked tirelessly in 2014. We have seen that your hard work has indeed paid off and it leaves us all with a sense of reward,” Nghaamwa stated.
The governor indicated that school principals and teachers’ dedication, sacrifices and hard work, which resulted in good examination results, has allowed him as regional political head to “walk tall and full of pride”.
The Ohangwena Education Directorate remains in fourth place in the 2014 JSC examination results after the Oshikoto, Oshana and Omusati regions in first, second and third places, respectively.