Scramble for Grade One enrolment begins

03 Jun 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Education Arts and Culture has advised parents to apply for Grade One and Eight admissions in government schools while it is early to avoid a deadline rush.
Applications for enrolment at most public schools opened Thursday. Parents have until the end of July to apply.
Education Minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said in a speech read on her behalf at a media conference on Thursday, intake of the two entry grades creates a challenge for the ministry every year in almost all regions.
She said the relocation of parents influenced by factors such as employment in urban areas, especially from towns to the capital city, creates a great demand for education in urban areas.
The perception that education is more advanced in urban areas exacerbates the challenge, which the ministry is addressing in other ways.
“It should be noted that learners already attending school where the next grade exists will not be allowed to move to another school as the child already has an automatic place in the next grade, except in cases where parents move from one region to another.”
The ministry recorded 41 595 enrolments in Grade Zero for this year, compared to 40 880 in 2016.
Statistics provided by the ministry indicate 85 083 learners were enrolled in Grade One for this year, whilst 81 574 were enrolled in 2016.
The highest intake of Grade One learners for this year was in the Ohangwena and Omusati regions, with 11 572 and 11 086 respectively.
The highest number of admissions at pre-primary level was 5 206 in the Khomas Region and 5 087 in Ohangwena for this year.
Hanse-Himarwa also advised parents to be vigilant of people pretending to be agents facilitating the application process at a certain fee, noting every region has an admission committee that deals with the matter.
“The Education Act No 16 of 2001 does not make provision for agents in this regard, nor does the ministry register agents to play the middle-men in the application process for admission,” she said.
Parents and guardians should therefore directly liaise with the schools for admission in adherence to guidelines in place.