The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) held its, 5th prize giving ceremony for the 2014 JSC and NSSCO top achievers today.
This year, Namcol printed, packed and dispatched 26 565 and 52 706 study packs for grade 10 and 12 learners which were distributed to more than 140 enrolment points across the country. 25 540 learners sat for the grade 12 examination last year, with a 79% of the grade 12 subject entry being graded.
“Our emphasis should no longer be on graded entries as we have reached the 80% mark already, we should now shift our focus from quantity to quality so that we can push as many learners to obtain higher grades. While more efforts are put in place to reach this goal, riding the wave of success takes even more effort than to get there” said Namcol Director, Heroldt Murangi said.
He emphasised that open and distance learning is no longer an inferior form of education but a viable, vital and mainstream mode of education provision. “ODL increases participation of students from less privileged groups who cannot be reached through the conventional system due to a variety of reasons such as geographic location, financial constraints or family responsibilities” Murangi said.