Distance learning is not inferior education: Murangi

22 Feb 2015 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) on Friday awarded top performers during its fifth annual prize-giving ceremony here.
Michael Mwinga from the Namcol centre at the Ponofi Senior Secondary School received N.dollars 21 000 as the best candidate in the 2014 National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level examinations.
More than 40 students received awards, some were rewarded with two to three prizes.
“Congratulations to all the best achievers, you make us very proud, keep up the good performance, the sky is the limit,” said Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi during the event.
He also acknowledged the Namcol management and staff, students’ parents and guardians who supported them to perform well, and thanked them for believing in the institution.
Murangi said educating a nation is a collective responsibility, and therefore all stakeholders who are part of a learner’s life should equally contribute in order for him/her to become successful.
“It is our mandate to improve the social and economic conditions of adults and young people by upgrading their educational levels,” he noted.
The director said that open and distance learning is no longer an inferior form of education but a viable, vital and mainstream mode of education provision.
He said many learners have gone through the institution and many more will continue to do so in order to upgrade their qualifications.
Murangi indicated that Namcol will strengthen its support systems at the various tutorial centres in future for better student performances.