The governor of Hardap Region, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa yesterday said her region will hold an educational conference next month.
Hanse-Himarwa made the announcement in Windhoek during a press conference.
The three-day-long conference, first of its kind in Namibia, will be held in the region’s capital, Mariental.
The conference themed ‘Hardap Grade 10 Striving for Academic Excellence’ is said to be a platform for the region’s education stakeholders to identify the causes of high failure rate of the Grade 10 learners and decide on ways to improve the situation.
Having that the region’s Grade 10 examinations of the past three years show the low performance, Hanse-Himarwa said although the sub-theme is ‘Education Renaissance in Hardap’ the regional conference will specifically focus on the performance of the Grade 10 pupils.
“We want to be pro-active in investigating the problem by having this consultative conference to have the answer to why the Grade 10 learners have been performing poorly,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
She added that all aspects will be looked into when attempting to identify the causes such as the psychological factors that influence learning, academic factors as well as social challenges the learners may be facing.
The governor also listed multi-grade teaching of teachers as one of the challenges the region faces that may be contributing to the issue.
She further said that the delay in the appointment of teachers which gives limited time for the learners to prepare may also be a contributing factor.
The region, with 55 schools currently has a total of 835 teachers, 750 of which are qualified, 48 under qualified and 68 unqualified.
“Lack of parent or stakeholder involvement, poverty and absenteeism of teachers are some of the other challenges that need to be tackled. By identifying the root of the problem, we will be able to find the appropriate remedy for it,” added the governor.
Hanse-Himarwa also said religion played a vital role in the past by moulding and grooming the society through the religious studies.
She, therefore, suggested that Religious and Moral Education be re-introduced as a subject in the system also on secondary level.
The governor concluded that all education stakeholders are invited to attend and participate in the conference.
Those from other regions who are experiencing similar problems are also welcome to share their experiences and those regions who are performing well can contribute by sharing their strategies.