Government schools are failing the nation: DTA

24 Sep 2015 13:50pm


Government schools are failing the nation, DTA of Namibia Youth League Chairperson Nalisa Muyahi says. Muyahi said this in a media statement availed to Nampa, in which he noted that private schools have been consistently out-performing government schools academically.

The top five performing schools in the country currently are private schools, with St. Boniface College taking the top spot after producing eight of the top 10 best candidates, the DTA leader said. This, he said, is enough proof that government schools are failing the nation.

"Regions such as Otjozondjupa, Khomas, Omaheke and Zambezi failed to improve their performances in last year?s National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) examinations," he said.

Muyahi further noted that most of the candidates with poor performances are those who had been transferred to Grade 12 without having mastered the basic competencies required for Grade 11.

"We all know that our senior phase is a two-year course, Grade 11 being year one and Grade 12 being year two, and in some schools around the country, learners proceed to Grade 12 while they have failed their year one in Grade 11," he said.

Muyahi said it is unfair to transfer an unfit learner to Grade 12 while knowing for a fact that such learner will never make it through in the next grade.

"Learners must meet a significant performing level for them to proceed to Grade 12, those that do not meet the necessary requirement must repeat Grade 11 two times before being transferred to Grade 12," he said.

Muyahi further suggested that the Ministry of Education start taking Grade 11 seriously by monitoring learners' work equally to that of Grade 12 and by setting up regional examination committees to moderate Grade 11 final examination question papers, amongst others.