20 Dec 2013 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) - The Hardap Regions Education Director, Mzingisi Gqwede says he is happy with his regions performance in the 2013 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examinations.
The Hardap Region was ranked as one of the poorer performing regions at 13th last year, but has now moved up to 10th place.
Gqwede told Nampa in an interview on Thursday that the overall performance of the JSC/Grade 10 candidates was better than in previous years, but he believes that they (learners) could have done even better if they had put more effort into their studies.
He also said learners need to have committed teachers who will support them in their learning process, especially from the beginning of the year.
It is time for teachers to be adults and to support the learners. Teachers must always do everything in the best interest of the Namibian child. The welfare and the well-being of the children in schools in the Hardap Region should always motivate us to go the extra mile to ensure that the learners succeed at all times, he stressed.
The education director said there are many factors that have contributed to the improvement in the Hardap Regions performance.
He explained that in July 2013, the Hardap Regional Council, in conjunction with the region's education directorate, held an education conference under the theme: Hardap - Grade 10s Striving for Academic Excellence.
The conference was initiated by Hardap Regional Governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, who was not happy with the perpetual poor performance of Grade 10 learners over the previous years.
The conference came up with resolutions. I believe that the implementation of the conference resolutions has had a big role to play in the improvement of the results, he said, adding that continued implementation of the resolutions is likely to see the Hardap Region vying for a position among the top-performing regions in future years.
Another recommendation that came from that conference was the concept of a block or study time for all Grade 10 learners.
Schools, hostels and Teachers Resource Centres (TRCs) were made available for learners to study there after normal school hours. These block times were compulsory afternoon classes for all Grade 10 learners and they were held under teacher supervision.
Gqwede said the Hardap Region will do all it can to ensure that the best interest of the learner is upheld at all times.
The Hardap child deserves to succeed in school at all times, he stressed.
He also advised that if learners realise that teachers are not doing their work at their school, they (learners) should feel free to approach the inspector's offices to report their unhappiness with the teaching and learning activities in their schools.
He said his office will also not tolerate any form of indiscipline among learners, as such conduct could end up having a negative impact on their year-end examination results.
Learners should choose either to be at school to learn and get the necessary support to aid their learning, or they should remain at home if they are not willing to learn. Parents should also take note that the Hardap Region will not tolerate any indiscipline in schools from 2014 onwards, he stressed.
Education Minister, Dr David Namwandi, who announced the Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) results in the capital on Wednesday, also announced that learners who did not meet the admission requirements of 23 points to progress to Grade 11, but who are 17 years or younger will be allowed to repeat Grade 10 in 2014.
Those who are 18 and older are encouraged to register with NAMCOL [the Namibian College of Open Learning] and other recognised centres registered with the ministry to upgrade their subject symbols, Namwandi said.
Namwandi noted that about 2 772 learners were allowed to repeat Grade 10 in 2013, and out of those 1 953 have now qualified for admission to Grade 11 in 2014.