President of Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) Mahongora Kavihuha has called for the immediate introduction of the proposed National Institute for Educational Development (NIED curriculum.
Kavihuha says the current education system diluted the quality of education and burdened learners with unnecessary subjects.
He argues that the contents of the former standard 8 (Grade 10) textbooks are equivalant to the content of the present day Grade 12 Higher International General Certificate for Secondary Education (HIGCSE) textbook.
According to Kavihuha Grade 10 learners are not properly oriented and do not have enough time to acquaint themselves with one textbook before they tackle the next.
He further laments the stagnation of the Grade 10 pass-rate which he says has become an ambigious affair making it difficult to applaud.
“The cream of our country is at 67.6%. Can we be proud? I do not know if. . .” he says.
Eight regions in the country failed to promote 50% of its Grade 10 learners to Grade 11 while Oshikoto produced the highest pass-rate in the country with 67.6% while not one of the regions managed to get more than 27 points.
This, he stresses, is a clear indicatation that the country’s education system reformed in 1993 has not yet produced results and can be blamed on both the implementors and the entire system.
“We have not reached our initial objectives which shows that the system has not yielded results or the implementors are not working,” he adds.
He further demands that the recommedations from the National Education Conference held in Windhoek late last year to be made public for the sake of transparent monitoring and evaluation.
“We really do not understand why the minister (Abraham Iyambo) prefers to keep this important national recommendations private or for himself,” says Kavihuha while commending Government for starting to honour its constitutional obligation by offering free primary education.
“We are very much thankful for that and we hope and trust that this will not only stop at primary but will progress to tertiary education.”
However, he condemns the approval of what he calls a ‘self enrichment’ 31% salary increment for high ranking officials after denying teachers’ demand for 40% saying saying that ‘while everybody is concerned about the ever widening gap between the rich and poor in Namibia, Government is closing its eyes saying let us continue increasing that gap’.