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Erongo education director wants Grade 11 & 12 pupils in school

The Erongo Regional Education Directorate Erenfriede Stephanus wrote to the education ministry to resume classes for the grade 11 and 12 learners. 

Stephanus said 2268 grade 11 and 12 learners in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis have not gone back to class but will write the examination. 

Stephanus wrote to the Nghipondoka last week on the resumption of classes for these learners but have not received any feedback yet. 

The Education Ministry is adamant that the grade 11 and 12 learners in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis will write their external examinations this year. 

The grade 11 and 12 learners start with their English and Afrikaans literature examination as early as 03 September 2020. 

President Hage Geingob last week announced that the three towns will remain in stage 3 of the state of emergency which meant the grade 11 and 12 learners could still not return to class. 

The rest of the country’s senior secondary learners resumed face-to-face teaching and learning on 06 June 2020. 

Walvis Bay is currently the epicentre of the pandemic with more than 500 positive cases having been recorded there.

Education Minister Anna Nghipondoka told Eagle FM that the grade 11 and 12 learners in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis are expected to write the external examination despite the fact that they have not started with any new school work since the schools closed in March 2020. 

Nghipondoka said this is the second year of these learners’ senior secondary phase and they covered more than 70%of the content in the first year which is 2019. 

“What usually happens in the second year is coverage of 30% and revision. As such in the remaining time after they reopened the time lost will be compensated. So please allow those who are well placed in assessing the situation do what is doable but effective,” Nghipondoka said. 

In addition to this, about 68 learners and 168 teachers are stuck in either Walvis Bay, Swakopmund or Arandis and have not started with their classes due to the restrictions. 

Currently, the learners are doing online school work as well as receive material which will not count as part of the content for the exams. 

Eagle FM speaks to Erongo Regional Education Director, Erenfriede Stephanus on the current situation in the Walvis Bay, Swakopmund or Arandis regarding the grade 11 and 12 learners.

Wonder Guchu

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