More focus needed on education: Ueitele

15 Jan 2018 14:40pm
GOBABIS, 15 JAN (NAMPA) – Omaheke Regional Governor, Festus Ueitele said there is a need for the establishment of a fully equipped Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in the region.
The governor noted that this need is especially serious at constituency level, where the bulk of young people reside.
Ueitele made these remarks in a statement availed to Nampa on Monday, as part of the review of his office’s programmes for 2017.
He noted that while the region hosts a Community Skills Development Centre and a VTC in Gobabis, such institutions are not enough to fully address the skills shortage in the region.
Ueitele said the lack of accommodation for students outside Gobabis also makes it hard for students to enrol at these established institutions of higher learning.
“As we move towards a prosperous nation, we all have to join hands to place education at the top of our priority list to ensure that we have an educated and skilled nation,” he said.
The governor stressed that as a generally poor performing region in terms of Grade 10 and Grade 12 results rankings, Omaheke needs to do all it can to change the status quo.
He therefore called on all stakeholders of education, such as teachers, learners, parents and the general community to throw their weight behind the cause.
“It goes without saying that we have to harness our efforts as stakeholders to ensure that we encourage our children to take education seriously,” said Ueitele.
A lack of discipline amongst pupils, limited parental involvement and weak leadership at some schools have been highlighted by stakeholders in education as some of the factors affecting the performance of the Omaheke Region, especially in the Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) examinations.
Omaheke dropped from sixth out of 14 regions in the 2015 NSSC ordinary level examinations' performance to 11th in 2016.
The region, however, managed a remarkable feat when it bounced back to sixth place in last year’s examinations, heralding better prospects for its learners.