Amuthenu bemoans introduction of new curriculum

23 Jul 2019 18:50pm
ONGHA, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – Inspector of education for the Onathinge circuit, Naemi Amuthenu said children are walking long distances to and from school after the introduction of the new curriculum, which brought about the removal of Grade 10 from several schools in the region.
Amuthenu made these remarks during President Hage Geingob’s town hall meeting at Omuthiya in the Oshikoto Region on Monday.
“Children are hardly reaching the school, as they walk 10 kilometres instead of 5km they used to travel to and from school before the removal of Grade 10 from schools in their respective localities,” she said.
Amuthenu appealed to the government to be considerate by expanding existing school hostels and building new ones to arrest this problem.
Responding to Amuthenu’s concern during the town hall meeting, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka admitted that some learners who previously walked 5km to and from school are now travelling 10km to 12km after Grade 10 was removed from their nearby schools.
Nghipondoka said Grade 10, which was a junior secondary phase at several combined schools established around the country at independence, has been upgraded to a senior secondary level as per international standard requirement.
However, she expressed hope that more hostel space would become available once learners in Grade 11 and 12 at the senior secondary schools this year have been phased out.
To address long distances children are walking, Nghipondoka indicated that the Office of Prime Minister has tasked her ministry to identify the list of needs for possible remedy.