Teachers to be held accountable for learner performance: Hanse-Himarwa

10 Jan 2018 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JAN (NAMPA) – The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture issued a stern warning to teachers who constantly fail to show improvement in the respective subjects they offer, as this contributes to poor national results.
Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, speaking at a media conference ahead of the release of the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary level results here on Wednesday, said teachers from Grade 0 right through to Grade 12 will be reckoned with, in order to collectively improve on the results.
“The President [Hage Geingob] said this year is a year of reckoning and there is no way that I will reckon alone as the minister of education, whereas some subject teachers there down at school level are coming back every new year just to produce ungraded entries, year in and year out,” she said.
She added that the practise of teachers sending through children who cannot read to the next grade and children who cannot do basic arithmetic must come to an end, as this becomes a problem at the Grade 12 NSSC and Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) levels.
Hanse-Himarwa said her ministry is leaning heavily towards its pillar of quality results, to encourage learners and teachers to work towards achieving quality teaching and learning outcomes.
Seven regions, she announced, exceeded the national average performance at grade D and above in English, and these are //Kharas, Hardap, Khomas, Omaheke, Erongo, Kunene and Kavango East.
The Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Khomas and Oshana regions exceeded the national average performance in mathematics, she noted.
“It is high time that we start moving away from this mediocrity and start to look at our contributions towards the above regional performances,” the minister said.
The regional education directorates should zoom further into their individual school results and start to twin up teachers, schools or even regions in subject areas for collaboration and facilitate improvement, Hanse-Himarwa noted.