02 Jul 2013 10:20
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) - The Hardap Regional Council, in conjunction with that region's Education Directorate, will hold an education conference under the theme ?Hardap Grade 10s Striving for Academic Excellence? from 10 to 13 July this year.
Making the announcement at a media conference in the capital on Monday, Hardap Governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa explained that the region's Grade 10 results of the past three years indicated poor performances from the learners.
This prompted the Governor's office, in collaboration with the Directorate of Education, to hold the conference.
She explained that the conference is aimed at finding ways to rectify this occurrence, and to change the region?s status quo with regards to Grade 10 results.
The three-day conference will be required to come up with resolutions every day during its engagements, interactions, investigations and discussions, during which the way forward will be mapped-out.
?We must be able to measure the learners' performances through the years. All stakeholders have been invited as this is a regional challenge which needs our immediate intervention,? the Governor stressed.
Hanse-Himarwa noted that the conference will look at the various factors which contribute to the failure of Grade 10 learners, which includes psychological, academic and social challenges.
It will also look at the promotional requirements, and how the language policy impacts on learning, as well as what causes school drop-outs, teenage pregnancies and all ?social evils? that learners are exposed to.
She said religion played a vital role in the past, and the Namibian society had been moulded and groomed through religious studies to become responsible citizens.
The conference will, therefore, also look at what role religion plays currently.
The Hardap Region has 55 schools, of which three are junior and six senior secondary schools.
The rest are primary, special combined and private schools.