Karibib Junior Secondary draws lessons from 2017

11 Jan 2018 15:10pm
KARIBIB, 11 JAN (NAMPA) – At the back of a 32 per cent Grade 10 pass rate in 2017 – the Karibib Junior Secondary School has vowed to engage learners, parents and teachers and commence earlier with its holiday lessons to better the 2018 results.
In 2017, 120 learners from the school sat for the Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examinations. Of this figure, only 39 met the requirements [23 points in six subjects] to advance to Grade 11, a disappointment, according to the school’s principal, Helena Xoagus.
Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Xoagus said the school has drawn lessons from its 2017 shortcomings.
“This year, I have decided to involve all stakeholders. I have decided to pay attention to the teachers. I will strongly involve parents and other line ministries… like the police and the town council,” Xoagus noted.
The school is faced with a plethora of challenges. Chiefly, it does not have a hostel; shortage of classrooms; lack of sporting grounds and land for expansion purposes, the principal noted.
Moreover, Xoagus did not entirely take blame for her school’s poor performance in the 10th grade.
She pointed to the lack of productive activities and recreational facilities in the town, a situation that forces learners to resort to drugs and alcohol use.
“This makes them disrespectful and our progress is delayed because we spend time dealing with ill-disciplined learners,” she said, attributing what she termed “high levels of indiscipline among learners at the school” to the lack of parental involvement.
Echoing similar sentiments, Unotjari Katupose, a senior teacher at the school said last year’s Grade 10 intake cost the school dearly.
“Last year, we took every ‘Piet and Paul’. We had a large number of learners when compared to the teachers. But now we reduced to 80 from 120,” Katupose said, adding that the holiday classes will be in full swing for the first term (autumn school) and second term (spring school).
Unlike many Namibian schools, learner placement is a non-issue for the Karibib Junior Secondary School as all learners in grades 8 to 10 have been placed successfully.