16 Jan 2014 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JAN (NAMPA) - The president of the Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) has expressed concern over the 2013 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary Level examination results for full-time candidates.
TUN president Mahongora Kavihuha was speaking at a media conference in the capital on Wednesday.
Announcing the results in Windhoek on the same day, Education Minister David Namwandi said the results of the full-time and part-time candidates revealed that the candidates performed better at Grades D, E and F, while there was no change in percentage in Grades B and G, which remained the same as in 2012.
He added that the results however showed a slightly poorer performance at Grades A*, A and C. The results further showed the same percentage of ungraded entries as in 2012, remaining at 10,3 per cent.
He explained that based on the D Grade at NSSC Ordinary Level and a Grade Four at NSSC Higher Level, 7 300 full-time candidates qualify for admission to tertiary institutions.
This is compared to the 7 500 full-time candidates who qualified for tertiary institution admission last year.
Kavihuha said the year 2015 is anticipated to be the year when the reformed school curriculum commences, and he therefore urged the Ministry of Education (MoE) to come up with a comprehensive orientation programme on the new curriculum for the teachers.
The school curriculum is currently being reviewed by the National Institution for Educational Development (NIED).
Meanwhile, the TUN president stressed that this year, the union will prioritise the working conditions of the markers of the Grade 10 and 12 examinations, particularly prioritising the nature of the contract they sign.
He said the union will look at the hours they work, which he said is from 07h00 to 10h00, as well as the chairs they have to sit on while marking which he said are hard.
Kavihuha added that some teachers are sent to Windhoek for marking without subsistence and travel allowance (S&T), and said the rate at which they are paid is low.
The current conditions are not acceptable to us at all, he noted, saying TUN engaged both the MoE and the Public Service Commission, not only for markers but also for invigilators of national examinations.
He also complained that the current N.dollars 2 000 being donated by the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) as prizes to the best performing learners in Grade 10 and 12 is very low and does not serve to motivate learners.
Kavihuha said CIE should rather award the best performers with bursaries worth up to N.dollars 100 000 a year.
He further called on the MoE to come up with a clear and comprehensive in-service training policy for teachers.