Registration chaos at Namcol

15 Jan 2018 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 JAN (NAMPA) - Security guards used pepper spray to control hundreds of learners who crowded the entrance of the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) in Windhoek Monday to register for Grade 10 and 12 subjects.
More than 500 learners turned up at the Namcol head office to register to rewrite Junior Secondary Certificate and Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate subjects they performed poorly in last year, with many trying to force their way in to the centre.
The registration, which was previously done at 12 centres around Windhoek, is this year being done at the Namcol head office only.
Namcol public relations officer Conny Samaria told the media it is the first time the institution does online registration and they have to do the registration at the one centre only so the staff can assist in the process.
“In the past we had 12 centres across the city and this put a lot of strain on the institution as we do not have enough human resources to place all over the city,” he said.
He said enrolment at one centre enables them to deal with challenges as they arise because managers and coordinators are present at the head office.
Although the Namcol registration process, which started Monday, is expected to end on 07 February, Samaria said the demand is higher than they can cater for and historically the material does not last until the final day of registration.
“There is a likelihood that after next week, we will not have the material anymore, at which point the enrolment process will stop,” he cautioned.
He advised learners to register early, especially those who want to register to rewrite English as the institution can only accommodate 18 170 learner for Grade 12 English and 3 285 for Grade 10 English.
He further advised that learners should ensure that they have the required documents to avoid being turned away.