Omaheke education sector in critical state: Semba

15 Jan 2017 10:40am
GOBABIS, 15 JAN (NAMPA) – A lack of discipline amongst school learners, limited parental involvement and weak leadership at some schools continue to cost the education sector in Omaheke.
Omaheke Regional Education Director, Peka Semba told Nampa in an interview on Thursday such factors have led to the consistent weak performance of the region in the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) examinations.
Semba said it was disheartening that despite several strategies devised in 2016 to address the shortfalls in the sector, the region has failed to make a mark and keeps producing undesirable results.
“There were many strategies that were put in place in 2015 such as principal leadership courses, cluster level meetings and subject advisory visiting schools, but these failed to bear results,” he said.
The education director admitted that the implementation of the planned interventions did not go as planned. As such no new strategies will be devised this year as the previous ones will be fully rolled out instead.
Omaheke dropped from ending sixth out of 14 regions in the 2015 NSSC ordinary level examinations to 11th position in last year’s examinations.
“This dropping down to position 11 is very questionable to me and everyone in the region. I am not happy at all,” he said.
Semba questioned the consistent weak performance of ordinary level students in the region, while those who took the examination at high level continue to do exceptionally well.
He however encouraged learners who failed to make it to Grade 11 to seek recourse at the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) or any other institution of their choice to improve their results.
A total of 144 government schools registered for the NSSC Grade 12 ordinary level examinations, while 31 private schools registered for the same examination during 2016.