16 Aug 2016 08:10am
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 AUG (NAMPA) The Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi learnt on Monday that only 12 per cent of students at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) in Keetmanshoop hail from the //Kharas Region.
Kandjii-Murangi had asked NIMT Keetmanshoop Principal Eugene Bingham about regional representation at the centre during her familiarisation tour of the southern technical school.
The tertiary school enrols around 120 students each year and has a total enrolment figure of about 600 students for a four-year study period.
The minister said it was imperative for NIMT Keetmanshoop to market itself to the local and regional community.
Bingham said the centre had managed to build a reputation through outreach activities since its doors first opened in 2009, but that it is struggling to receive sufficient qualifying applications from regional students.
Application to the school is open for all people throughout the country and the competition is tough. We do not get a lot of applications from the south, but many of those we do get often come with inadequate grades, Bingham explained to the minister.
He said secondary school performance in the region was quite poor and that NIMT selection was based on the results Grade 12 learners obtained in English, Mathematics and Science.
The world we live in is highly-technological and we have to maintain international standards on quality and safety, the principal noted.
Kandjii-Murangi suggested that NIMT identifies potential //Kharas Region students in secondary schools.
Go out and identify them in Grade 11 and 12 and work with them to get them into the centre well-prepared when they finish high school, she said.
NIMT Keetmanshoop offers courses from Level 1 to Level 4 in bricklaying and plastering; electrical; fitting and turning; diesel mechanic; and boilermaking.
It offers a special one-year technical course for a limited number of students of the Hardap and //Kharas regions who have a Grade 10 qualification.