Hanse-Himarwa wants to abolish double-shift system from schools

16 Sep 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa says her ministry is hard at work to do away with the current double-shift system in some government primary schools.
Hanse-Himarwa made these remarks when she officiated at the hand-over of four additional classrooms, a toilet block, storeroom and a new entrance gate to the Havana Primary School by the Japanese Government here on Wednesday.
She said such a mode of teaching has a negative impact on learners, stressing that the negative teaching and learning impact is especially prominent in Mathematics and languages.
Hanse-Himarwa informed the gathering that research has indicated better performance in secondary schools for learners who have not attended double-shift primary schools.
In order for Namibia to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Post 2015 Agenda, the country needs to redouble its efforts to create a teaching environment conducive to learning.
The double-shift system over the years became entrenched as a result of the influx of citizens to urban centres that experienced pronounced growth because of employment and other opportunities that urban areas offer compared to rural areas.
Hanse-Himarwa said this led to primary school facilities being used to the maximum capacity to accommodate learners, adding that the unfortunate spin-off was high maintenance costs and a negative teaching and learning impact, especially for learners attending school in the afternoon.
Through the double-shift system, some teachers and learners attend school from 07:00 to 12:30 while the others attend between 13:00 and 17:00.
A total of 11 schools in the Khomas Region make use of this system.
Learners directly affected by this system are in Grades 2 to 5 and are on average between the ages of seven to 10 years.