Lack of hostels blamed for poor performance

11 Jan 2017 19:10pm
By Anna Salkeus
WINDHOEK, 11 JAN (NAMPA) – Education directorates of the three worst performing regions in the Grade 12 results for 2016 have attributed the bad performance to a lack of school hostels.
The three lowest performing regions in the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) 2016 examinations are Kunene, Oshana and Zambezi that were ranked 12th, 13th and 14th respectively.
“Results are never satisfactory to me until we ensure that every child is promoted to the next grade,” said Oshana Education Director, Hileni Haushona-Amukana.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday after the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture released statistics on the 2016 results at a press conference in Windhoek, she said the region had a discrepancy between Grades 10 and 12.
“We have some secondary schools that do not have hostels and those are the same schools that are not doing well.”
A demotivating factor, she said, is when learners are transferred to a new school, unfamiliar environment and are away from their parents when they complete the NSSC in Grades 11 and 12.
“They may sometimes have to live with other people if there is an unavailability of school hostels, which is discouraging for them,” she said.
Haushona-Amukana said placement in schools is sometimes not done according to subject choice but on the availability of space.
Deputy Education Director in the Zambezi Region, Christian Kawana said they were expecting an improvement in the NSCC performance, as the region did in the Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC).
The region moved up two places from position eighth in 2015 to sixth in the 2016 JSC rankings.
He highlighted schools offering Grade 12 without hostels and teachers’ attitudes as factors contributing to the bad performance.
“You see a trend where Grade 10 teachers tend to have put in more effort than Grade 11 and 12 teachers.”
He therefore advised the senior grade teachers to emulate the attitude of Grade 10 teachers.
Director of Education in the Kunene Region, Angelina Steenkamp expressed overall disappointment.
The Kunene dropped three places from ninth in 2015 to 12 in the 2016 NSSC ranking.
She said education stakeholders in the region are looking at convening to identify the challenges hampering performance and intend declaring 2017 as a year of hard work.
“We would rather encourage people and assist and motivate those schools that are not doing well and need a push,” she said.