MoEAC to avail N.dollars 27 million for Grade 10 textbooks

02 May 2019 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAY (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will for the 2019/20 financial year avail N.dollars 27 million for the allocation, procurement and distribution of Grade 10 textbooks as part of its revised curriculum introduced this year.
The Grade 10 revised curriculum is part of the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate ordinary level, which is a two year implementation course.
The ministry’s Executive Director Sanet Steenkamp said in a media statement issued on Thursday: “This amount is proportionally distributed among all 14 regions based on the number of learners per region.”
She explained that in the 2017/18 financial year, the ministry spent N.dollars 58 million on the procurement of textbooks for Grade 10, while N.dollars 24 million was spent for Grade 9 as part of the revised curriculum implementation.
The junior primary grades one to three curriculum reform implementation started in 2015, the senior primary grades 4 to 7 in 2016 and the junior secondary grade 8 in 2017 followed by Grade 9 in 2018, respectively.
The N.dollars 27 million falls under the secondary education programme of the ministry’s N.dollars 13 billion budget allocation for the 2019/20 financial year.
Upon enquiry on Thursday, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Public Relations Officer, Absalom Absalom said the ministry does not procure textbooks for every grade annually, but only for the grades for which the implementation of the revised curriculum is set to start.
This programme, which is set to get N.dollars 4 billion, deals with the implementation of fee-free secondary education, the drive revised curriculum, demand for space and teachers and the acquisition of teaching and learning resource materials, as well as school feeding.