12 Aug 2017 14:00pm
TSUMEB, 12 AUG (NAMPA) Thirty Grade 11 learners from schools in Tsumeb are attending vocational training at the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) in the town.
The learners from the Etosha Senior Secondary School (SSS), Tsumeb SSS, Otjikoto SSS and Tsumeb Gimnasium Private School attend the training after school from Monday to Thursday.
They are enrolled in the trades of diesel mechanics, electrical and fitting and turning.
This special schooling programme, initiated by Dundee Precious Metals and NIMT Tsumeb, was launched on Friday.
In a statement read on her behalf, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka said her ministrys new curriculum reform allows for vocational and technical subjects to be taught to learners as early as in Grade 8.
She said the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) has put a premium on the reform of technical and vocational training at school levels, with a plan to attract more learners to vocational training.
This is one of the reasons why the ministry has gone further to identify one senior secondary school in each region that will offer vocational subjects, Nghipondoka said.
She noted that the main objective of the programme is to prepare and train young Namibians to become job creators upon completion of school for Namibia to achieve Vision 2030.
Of the Tsumeb learners, 12 are in diesel mechanics, nine in electrical and nine in fitting and turning.
They will sit for examinations at NIMT to receive an N1 certificate after they complete eight practical subjects in their respective trades.
This programme allows them to take up four vocational subjects in Grade 11 followed by the last four in Grade 12.
The learners will qualify to write a full N1 examination towards the end of the 2018 academic year.
Nghipondoka said this type of examination arrangement complies with the National Examination Board of Namibia by law and the learners who pass will receive two certificates: one for Grade 12 and the other for the NIMT programme.
Instructors of NIMT Tsumeb offer the training, while Dundee Precious Metals funds all costs involved in the study.
Speaking on behalf of the learners, Teri-Dona Davids said vocational training already started for them on 03 April 2017.
We are very happy with this initiative which is offering to us both the vocational skills development and formal normal schooling.
She said each public school has eight enrolled learners while Tsumeb Gimnasium has six.
Davids urged Government to roll out the same programme to other regions.