Anxious wait for results

The education minister is set to announce the top ten learners this morning and give statistical overview of how last year's crop of ordinary level matric pupils performed.

10 January 2019 | Education

As grade 12 learners await their ordinary level results with bated breath, education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has expressed positivity ahead of today's official announcement.

Hanse-Himarwa is set to announce the top ten learners this morning and give statistical overview of how last year's crop of ordinary level matric pupils performed during their examinations.

“Obviously I am positive about this year's results. We are always expecting positive results,” Hanse-Himarwa said yesterday.

The ministry will release the results of last year's 56 534 ordinary level candidates, of which 23 594 were registered fulltime and 32 940 part-time.

They wrote the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) examinations.

Nudo Windhoek councillor Joseph Kauandenge said he anticipated a slump in the results, compared to 2017.

“I expect our grade 12 results to be worse than they were. We have lost the moral high ground when it comes to our children,” said Kauandenge.

According to him the education system needs a complete overhaul. He called on parents to become more involved in their children's education.

Kauandenge also feels that the new curriculum that was being introduced at secondary school level will not be sufficient to address the shortcomings in the education system.

“The new curriculum is a total disaster… does it respond to our needs and the aspirations of our people? Was there consultation?” Kauandenge added.

Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) secretary-general Mahongora Kavihuha said: “I am not expecting an improvement in the results, just a marginal back-and-forth in terms of performance. There has been stagnation.”

According to him, it seems that the education ministry does not know what to do to correct the situation.

“From the union's side, we have been observing that this is attributed to a lack of ideas; we are making the same mistakes. We are not serious about addressing problems head-on; those in the ministry have been living in a comfort zone,” he said.

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) secretary for education Elma Dienda also does not think the results will show any improvement.

“These results will be even worse. I don't have any hope that anything will improve. The grade 10 results were disappointing and now there is this situation of the new curriculum,” Dienda said.

“This Swapo government is confused.”

Dienda also expected the curriculum changes to wreak havoc in the coming years, as grade 11 and 12 learners adjust to a new reality.

The Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol), Dienda felt, should also start warning members of the public in advance when it intends to completely phase in the new curriculum.

Dienda also wished the anxious grade 12 learners well. “I hope the children will be successful,” she said.

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