The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) is calling on the Ministry of Education to start releasing Grade 12 and ordinary level examination results at the same time when they release Grade 10 and 12 results.
Nanso Secretary for Community and Political Affairs Timotheus Angala told the Villager that the current situation whereby ordinary level examination results are released a few days before tertiary institutions’ registrations commence has a negative impact on students and parents’ preparations.
“The majority of students sit for ordinary level examinations, which means by the time tertiary institutions are about to commence with their registrations, they would still have their results. It impacts negatively on their preparations both psychologically and financially,” said Angala.
Angala noted that most students from rural areas are faced with accommodation problems when they come to Windhoek as there was no enough time to get places and some quit as a result.
He said that the best solution would be for all results to be released at the same time during December to give students and parents enough time to prepare.
According to him, Nanso has taken up the issue with the Ministry which told them that results cannot be released at the same time without giving them a proper reason.
“We do not see any reason why results cannot be released at the same time when they are all marked during the same period. The only reason we got from the Ministry is that newspapers do not have the capacity to cater for the release of all results at the same time, which to us is irrelevant,” said Angala.
Angala also underscored how frustrating it is for first year students when they start their registration saying that they are subjected to harassment and long hours in queues.
“We all know the frustration and suffering the students particularly those in their first year undergo during registration at the beginning of every academic year. Students are harassed and treated as wild animals. Officials are not punctual and let students wait for long hours and sometimes days without attending to them,” said Angala.
He said institutions should train their registration officials to make sure they treat students with respect and “the shouting and insulting of students must end”.
On the issue of the proposed free transport for students by the Ministry of Education together with the city of Windhoek, Angala said it has always been students’ cry of that they be provided with busses which will transport them to and from campuses.
“The leadership of Nanso is calling upon all its members and the student population at large to rally behind the Minister of Education to make this visionary idea a reality. Students have always been victims of ruthless taxi drivers and some of them have been footing as far as Havana to campuses. This has long been their cry to be provided with busses,” Angala said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education Public Relations Officer Toivo Mvula said that they are working on a strategy to start releasing Grade 12 results earlier but not at the same time with Grade 10 and 12.
“However, I cannot dwell on the matter and you should talk to the Director of Examinations Mr (Calvin) Nyambe,” said Mvula.
The Director of the Directorate of Examinations and Assessment Nyambe also said he cannot comment on the issue since it’s under discussion but said the Ministry understands the students cry.
“We understand students’ concerns regarding the late release of ordinary level examination results. However, I cannot comment further as I am sure the Honourable Minister will make an announcement to that effect on an appropriate time,” said Nyambe.
Normally the Education Ministry releases Grade 10 and 12 examination results during December while Grade 12 results are only released late in January the following year.