Multi-grade teaching a hit in Terrace Bay

11 Sep 2016 12:50pm
By Paulus Shiku
TERRACE BAY, 11 SEP (NAMPA) - A teacher at the Sam Nujoma Primary School in Terrace Bay is of the opinion that multi-grade teaching should be the preferred method of teaching in local schools.
The school has 16 children in Grades 1 to 4 and was opened in 2000 for children whose parents work for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in the Skeleton Coast National Park.
In an interview with Nampa at the Terrace Bay Camp, a Namibia Wildlife Resorts accommodation facility, on Wednesday, Rosa Rachael !Nanuses said she would recommend multi-grade teaching to other teachers.
The method involves the teaching of learners of different ages, abilities, and different grade levels.
The school’s principal is based in Khorixas.
!Nanuses, who has 30 years’ experience in primary education, said since she started using this method two years ago, her learners have been passing very well.
“My learners are passing with mostly A and B symbols, with the lowest being a D symbol,” she told Nampa.
!Nanuses said the children pass well because she gives them full attention as they are few.
“Most of the time they just stay at school and do homework under my care. This is because there is nothing to do at their accommodation facilities apart from playing.”
She is the only teacher at the school, where there are only two learners in Grade 1, one in Grade 4 and the rest in Grade 2 and 3.
All of the learners are taught in one class, with !Nanuses saying this allows the younger children to learn subjects from advance grades.
This is because they listen while the teacher is teaching one group.
“For instance when I teach the Grade 4 learners, those in Grades 1, 2 and 3 are also learning. By the time they reach Grade 4, they already know the subjects, so it will be like a revision,” she said.
There is an added advantage of peer teaching.
“In most cases when learners in high grades notice the others are struggling with their tasks they assist them immediately, which safe me work.”
!Nanuses said there is a need for a hostel to be opened so more children can be enrolled at the school.
“Parents want children to come here but there is no accommodation. It is because they heard our school is doing so well,” she said.
The teacher also thanked tourists who donate money and stationary to the school.
“They really help; we use the money to buy jerseys or socks for children in the winter.”
Terrace Bay is located in the Skeleton Coast National Park in north-west Namibia, some 360 kilometres north of Swakopmund along the Atlantic coast.