Kavihuha attributes high failure rate to poor governance and socio-economic issues

12 Jan 2018 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JAN (NAMPA) - Poor governance in the education ministry and socio-economic issues are among the main causes of high failure rates in schools, Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) Secretary-General Mahongora Kavihuha has said.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Kavihuha said Namibians have played the blame game for many years while failing to address the main reasons behind learners failing.
According to him, these include poor management and a lack of proper facilities, which he said compromise the teaching process and affect the grades of learners.
The Ministry of Education Arts and Culture in December announced that only 55 per cent, or 22 462 of the 40 599 full-time candidates who sat for the Grade 10 national examinations, qualified for Grade 11 in 2018.
The ministry on Wednesday announced the Grade 12 ordinary level results, which showed that only 8 632 of the 22 091 full-time Grade 12 learners who wrote the ordinary level examinations qualified for admission to tertiary institutions this year.
Kavihuha said in order to address the high failure crisis, principals and teachers need to be held accountable.
“There are those of them who are protected by directors and permanent secretaries while at the same time, inspectors must do their jobs when it comes to monitoring schools,” he alleged.
He also said there needs to be more emphasis on vocational training in the school curriculum and that the government must attend to the needs and grievances of learners who do not have any support at home.
“The system is a failing one. It is up to the government to address challenges faced by underprivileged learners in order to improve their performance in school,” Kavihuha said.