08 Jul 2015 11:50am
KONGOLA, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, James Sankwasa on Monday donated new study guides and textbooks to the Sesheke Senior Secondary School.
The school, situated in the rural Kongola constituency, is rated as the poorest performing schools in the Zambezi Region, hence the need for learning enhancement material.
Sankwasa donated brand new textbooks valued at N.dollar 60 000 to Grade 12 learners, including different subject teaching guides for teachers, with the aim of improving learning and teaching at the school.
The batch of book donation comes after the school, which is also grappling with lack of educational materials in all classrooms, failed to produce a single pass amongst its Grade 12 learners in 2014.
In December 2014, as I was listening to the national radio announcements of the Grade 12 school results, I was touched when I heard that not a single pupil passed matric at Sesheke Combined School.
The utter shock left me with so many questions as what could have contributed to these learners poor performance. I then decided to source the textbook donation because I felt the schools poor performance might have also been largely due to poor teaching quality or lack of teaching skills, said Sankwasa.
At the event, Sankwasa said the textbooks should not gather dust in school cabinets but must be fully utilised to the potential improvement of the current Grade 12 learners to pass and enter tertiary institutions, as the country is in a deficit of specialised professionals needed to develop Namibia.
If learners adhere to teachers and improve on their knowledge during school lessons, many of them will be able to enrol at universities.
Many of these learners need to be encouraged to take mathematics and science subjects seriously, as at present the country has a skills deficit, which has seen Government recruiting expatriates in intricate fields such as engineering and health, Sankwasa said.
He discouraged the learners and teachers from engaging in unscrupulous and ill-behaviour, such as teenage pregnancies and alcohol and drug abuse, and urged education inspectors and principals not to tolerate such tendencies.
Kongola Constituency Councillor, David Muluti also used the platform to urge the schools management to be committed to trying to improve the learning environment at institution, adding the involvement of different stakeholders is also needed to achieve desired pass rate nationally.
Teachers, parents and all stakeholders should be the pillars that assist learners to attend school and maintain good grades. With the donation of these books, I urge teachers to have a different approach in their teaching, even if they have to put in extra hours to yield good test and examination results. Muluti said.