Only 457 Kavango East learners qualify for higher learning

06 Mar 2018 17:30pm
RUNDU, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – Only 457 learners who sat for the 2017 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary level exams in the Kavango East Region qualified for higher learning institutions.
The total number of candidates that sat for the examination was 1 731, Acting Director of Education in the region, Christine Shilima said during a regional meeting with Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Ester Anna Nghipondoka on Tuesday.
The meeting was held mostly with the directors, principals, and inspectors of education in the region.
It was aimed at objectively analysing shortcomings and emerging needs to draw up collective and region-specific action plans to address the education system’s inefficiencies.
“We really did not do well despite obtaining that first position as a region in the country. We are truly not happy with this figure, but we will work on it,” Shilima said.
The region, she said, is determined to redouble its efforts not only to retain the first position in the country, but also to improve the number of learners going to tertiary institutions.
Shilima said the directorate believes that the principals of the various schools in the region will effectively manage their schools to produce the best results.
“The region would like to see that each and every school is managed by an instructional leader,” she added.
To support the principals, she mentioned that the directorate already started with a refresher course on leadership.
The regional office has also dispatched a team of professional development officers to the underperforming schools to be assisted in curriculum development.