The Ministry of Education is on course to implementing the new curriculum that will introduce A level in the Namibian education system in the near future.
Although this level will not be compulsory, it is the MoE’s incentive to improve the system by creating an extra year that will be used as a career guidance phase.
This implementation will be funded to the tune of N$21.7 million that has been budgeted for the financial year 2015/16.
Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Education, Johanna Absalom said that grade 13 is aimed at producing better prepared and well-versed graduates.
“This is a career-oriented phase. The provision of training at this level underpins the aspirations of Vision 2030, to realize Namibia’s goals move towards a knowledge-based society, a society where knowledge is constantly being acquired and renewed and used for innovation to improve the quality of life.” She said.
She added that the Namibian Government has prioritized the provision of quality education to all its citizens and the revised curriculum and provision of education all.
She pointed out that the reviewed education system and curriculum will provide an opportunity for diversified growth, learning and development for a healthy sense of self responsibility.
In the grade the ministry will develop syllabuses for screening and input.
“A Cambridge International Advanced Level will be introduced in the Namibian secondary education through a phase-in plan, taking into account the availability of financial resources and the capacity of schools. It is planned that A Level will be implemented in 2022” she stated.
Mentioning that some subjects taken at AS level may be extended to A level and the learning support materials for the A level subjects will be sourced from the international market.
She said that the A level will be introduced in schools through adaption of Cambridge syllabus but with regards to the overall curriculum, the Ministry of Education carries out introspection and consistently evaluates the education system.
She commented that stakeholder consultations on the curriculum review were done through print, electronic media and oral presentations countrywide.
She said that this involved focused discussions with members of teachers’ unions, student representatives from the private sector and representatives from institutions of higher learning.
In addition, to the ministry receiving individual submissions; institutional submissions; submissions from teachers’ union, student representatives; parents and learners; representatives from the private sector and representatives from institutions of higher learning, consultations were also carried out in the SADC region and internationally with the following countries: Germany, Singapore, Australia, Finland and the United Kingdom, she added that the whole purpose was to grow a well-grounded, well-formed and well researched education system that would pass the test of time.
Given that this is a career training phase it allows that learners can take a first, second and third language and then a number of elective subjects to choose from between Biology; Geography; History; Computer Studies; Mathematics; Agricultural Sciences; Business Studies; Economics; Chemistry; Physics; Design and Technology; Accounting; Entrepreneurship; Art and Design; Home Economics; Fashion and Fabrics. Also learners can choose a support subjects from the options of Life Skills; Arts; Information and Communication; Physical Education.
The implementation of the revised curriculum for the senior secondary phase will be as follows: grade 10 in 2019; grade 11 in 2020 and grade 12 in 2021.