More libraries needed in Katutura: Namcol

05 Jun 2013 02:20
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) - The Director of the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) has called for the establishment of a community library in the area of Katutura for students residing here.
Heroldt Murangi made the appeal during a visit by the Deputy Minister of Education Silvia Makgone to the college on Tuesday.
?There is a need for one or more libraries in Katutura as learners are flocking to the University of Namibia, Polytechnic of Namibia and the International University of Management (IUM)?s libraries due to small study areas in our resource centre,? he explained.
Murangi said the number of enrolled learners at Namcol has been increasing every year, and the college?s budget has also increased to N.dollars 128 million for the 2013/2014 financial year.
However, the director said Namcol has been experiencing a number of challenges, including insufficient funding from the government, low class attendance by learners and a lack of parental support.
On her part, Makgone, who visited Namcol for the first time since her appointment as deputy minister in February this year, applauded the college?s management for its hard work and commitment to the attainment of Vision 2013.
?I have gone through your Strategic Plan, and I am impressed by what you are doing and planning to do. Thus, I?m here to see for myself what you mentioned in your plan,? she continued.
The deputy minister then thanked the management for the introduction of technical and vocational training programmes aimed at alleviating poverty and the high unemployment rate in the country.
Makgone was accompanied by the Under-Secretary for Lifelong Learning in the Ministry of Education, Claudia Tjikuua.