14 Feb 2016 12:20pm
OSHAKATI, 14 FEB (NAMPA) A lack of discipline among some teachers and learners has been identified as one of the causes for the poor performance of learners in the Oshana Region.
A consultative meeting for stakeholders in education in the region held at Oshakati earlier this month also pointed out the use of mobile phones and other devices by some teachers and learners; the delayed appointment of teachers; and abuse of alcohol and drugs among teachers as cause for concern.
The meeting thus recommended that parents instil discipline in the children, teachers restrict learners use of mobile phones during school sessions, and that the regional education office appoint teaching staff timeously.
Participants further recommended that the regional education office and the Ministry of Health and Social Services intensify a programme to raise awareness on the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.
Poor performance has been observed in Grade 10 and 12 national examinations results, and the meeting then resolved that teachers must share adequate answering approaches on various questions and to strictly adhere to marking grids.
The stakeholders want to see schools developing a roster for afternoon supervision, and for lessons to be presented with overhead projectors accompanied by handouts with summaries.
They also want teachers to be encouraged to cover more subjects content in Grade 11 to create room for revision in Grade 12.
Oshana Regional Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa pledged during the meeting his availability to deliver motivation addresses to learners across the region.
The meeting was aimed at bringing stakeholders together to assess the academic results of the region's 2015 Grade 10s and Grade 12s and to give their input towards improved results this academic year.
The region experienced poor performance in its Grade 12 examinations last year and, as such, it dropped nationally from the ninth position in 2014 to 13th spot.
Regarding the 2015 Grade 10 results, the Oshana Region nationally retained the second position it held in 2014.