Support your child

18 December 2018 | Columns

For many thousands of young Namibians, who wrote their grade 10 and matric examinations this year, it is a time of great uncertainty, as they await their results.

According to the education ministry, 17 968 candidates, comprising of 16 932 fulltime and 1 036 part-time candidates, were registered for grade 12 higher level exams this year. The number of higher level candidates increased by 1 672 (10.3%), when compared to last year.

This year 56 112 candidates - 44 890 fulltime candidates and 11 222 part-time candidates - registered for grade 10 exams at 731 junior secondary schools and 143 part-time centres.

Both these sets of grade 10 and 12 pupils will receive their results on Thursday, while the ministry will release the grade 12 ordinary level results in January.

About 56 000 candidates sat for the grade 12 ordinary level examinations this year.

It is certainly a daunting time for many, as they await their results and plot their futures.

It is also at this time that all too often parents forget the considerable impact their opinions and actions have on their children.

Experts have narrated over the years that purely using one’s own personal experience, wishes or fears, without thought for the individuality and desires of your child, can have extremely negative outcomes.

At this time more than ever, parents need to be open-minded and collaborative, exchanging their authoritarian role for that of a fellow explorer. Show interest and offer practical support by assisting with research on careers and study options.

Keep the focus squarely on your child’s life satisfaction and future happiness. And don’t be blind to the fact that times are changing faster than ever before. It is true that many of today’s careers have moved on from the ones available to you.

Your child needs your support now more than ever. Keep a cool head and do just that, even if the exam outcome is not what you thought it would be.

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