Poor performance in Ndiyona and Shinyungwe education circuits worry councillors

03 Mar 2019 11:40am
RUNDU, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – Councillors of the Ndonga Linena, Mashare and Ndiyona constituencies are worried about the continuous poor performance of schools in the Ndiyona and Shinyungwe circuits over the past three years.
The three constituency offices serve the two circuit offices in terms of the education demarcation in the Kavango East Region.
“When you look at Kavango East, the region has been doing well in terms of ranking except for the Ndiyona and Shinyungwe circuits that always take the last spots,” councillor of Ndonga Linena, Petrus Kavhura told Nampa recently.
Kavhura explained that after concerns were raised by parents and learners, the three constituencies held a combined consultative meeting in February to bring all stakeholders together to share views and assist where possible in order to improve the results.
The consultative meeting also assessed the status of education and discussed interventions for some of the challenges identified.
“The primary challenge identified during the consultative meeting was a leadership crisis. Everything falls on leadership. If you do not have the leadership to improve or sustain what you have, you start seeing cracks,” the councillor stressed.
Kavhura said schools in these circuits not only lack leadership, but also do not have a culture of learning.
“In many schools the culture of learning is absent. In order for a school to perform, there should be such a culture. Parents have to know what to do, learners have to know what to do, as well as the teachers. When the culture of learning is absent, everybody is doing things their way,” he stated.
Other challenges identified include dilapidated infrastructure at schools such as Linus Shashipapo Senior Secondary School.
Late appointment of teachers was another issue identified, as well as a lack of qualified teachers.
Kavhura said qualified teachers do not want to work for schools that do not perform.
“When your school is not performing well, teachers come and go. Schools keep on appointing every time and the process is delayed. Learners sit for a month or three without a teacher,” he said.
Kavhura said an ad hoc committee will sit on 12 March to look into all the outcomes of that meeting and strategise in such a way they become doable.