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Oshikoto learner placements smooth

by Shasimana Uugulu

The educational authority in the Oshikoto Region has managed to secure places for most of its Grade 10 learners although accommodation remains a predicament, the region’s Education Director, Lameck Kafidi has confirmed.
Kafidi said the region, which was outstanding in the Grade 10 National Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) examinations does not have enough hostel facilities to accommodate all the learners admitted to Grade 11.
He said those learners who may not be catered for in the available hostel facilities at their respective schools will have to find alternative accommodation.
“Normally, these learners find alternative accommodation from good Samaritans in homesteads close to their respective schools. The environment at the alternative accommodation is not always conducive for studies since the students are expected to do household chores such as cultivating fields and tending cattle. However, when funds are availed by the Government, we intend to expand our hostel facilities in the schools,” said Kafidi.
He further said the region is still trying to find placements for learners who have not yet been admitted. The placement of learners in Grade 11 has always been an issue countrywide due to lack of enough classrooms that is basically compelling most schools to give preference to learners with higher marks at the expense of those that have performed weaker.
Asked if there is a need for the Ministry to intervene to stop schools from selecting only best learners, Kafidi said, “It is expected that schools accept learners who have better results due to their limited capacities. It would not be fair for a learner who has scored high points to miss admission.”
He confirmed that it is often that learners with lower points struggle to find placements leaving the Ministry to intervene and consult with schools with available spaces to admit them.
Meanwhile, at a recent press conference in Windhoek, Teachers Union of Namibia President, Mahongora Kavihuha urged the Ministry to be vigilant and send a team to monitor the enrolment of learners at schools to ensure that all spaces in schools are filled according to prescribed quotas.
Kavihuha added that, “Learners also need to attend schools closer to their own residential areas in order to avoid falling prey to ruthless criminals masquerading in our rivers nowadays. The Government should continue to build more schools especially in newly-established suburbs to avoid depressing and frustrating moments.”
Oshikoto Region came out tops in the JSC exams with a 62.4% pass rate, with the Omusati and Erongo Regions coming in second and third respectively.
Around 18 372 of the 35 640 full-time Grade 10 candidates who registered for the JSC exams passed. This represents 51.5% of all the candidates who wrote the exams countrywide.
The pass rate represents an increase of 0.3% compared to the previous year’s results.