CoD welcomes rise in grades 10 and 12 pass rates

01 Feb 2016 22:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 FEB (NAMPA) – The Congress of Democrats (CoD) has welcomed the announcement by the education minister to raise the passing requirements for grades 10 and 12.
In a media statement issued on Monday, CoD acting Secretary-General Tsudao Gurirab said this could move the country forward.
“We are convinced that it is only through training high-quality school leavers and graduates that we can propel our country forward. We believe this to be an important decision in raising the quality of our graduates from institutions to match their peers from elsewhere,” he said.
Gurirab added that Namibian universities should put greater emphasis on research in order to develop a cadre of high-skilled graduates.
Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa made the announcement of increasing the qualifying points for both grades during an event in Mariental on Saturday.
The ministry is expected to increase the qualifying points in the next two years to improve education standards in the country.
“We welcome too the programme to do away with unqualified teachers in our education system by enrolling them for accredited qualifications,” added Gurirab.
The CoD further said that the party stands for a universal education that is paid for by the state and hopes it will be realised in the near future.