'Don't expect automatic promotion'

Although quality education has been compromised by the Covid-19 pandemic, teachers are trained and encouraged to ensure the best end-of-year results are achieved, with the help of parents.

30 July 2020 | Education

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU



Kavango East education director Fanuel Kapapero says parents should not expect that their children will automatically be promoted to the next grade, but instead should play their part to ensure their children score good symbols at the end of the year.

Kapapero made the remark in an interview with Namibian Sun, when asked about the quality of education during the coronavirus pandemic and the role of parents during this difficult time.

Most government schools have divided classes into groups taught on alternating days to comply with the social distancing regulation.

This means learners will be spending days at home. Kapapero called on parents to assist their children with schoolwork.

“Parents really need to play their part and assist the schools in terms of educating the learners,” he said.

Quality compromised

Kapapero said the quality of education during the pandemic is compromised as the syllabus has been altered, but that does not mean parents should neglect the role they have to play in educating their children.

“Our teachers are trained and encouraged to ensure that we achieve the best results. Parents also need to play their role,” Kapapapero reiterated.

He said five schools in the region initially could not resume face-to-face learning after the school closure because of water and sanitation problems.

The schools were Aloys Ashipara Primary School, Shimpanda Primary School, Tyeye Primary School, Tjova Senior Primary School and Mbambangandu Primary School.

Kapapero said learners at these schools have since resumed face-to-face classes after the education directorate ensured that the problems were addressed.

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