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LPM calls for improvement of results in schools

LANDLESS People’s Movement (LPM) leader of the youth command element Duminga Ndala says there is a need to work together to improve performance in the country’s schools.

This comes after the country recorded a string of poor results from the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary and Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCO and NSSCAS) levels.

Ndala says they recently discussed ways of improving the education sector in their seminar aimed at addressing the challenges currently facing the sector and serve as a platform to deliberate on issues affecting the sector with key players in the sector.

“The seminar also aimed at examining key challenges regarding the new curriculum,” she told Youth Central on Desert Radio last week.

She further claimed that this is because teachers were not fully trained to teach the new curriculum and do not understand it or what it aims to achieve.

“It particularly aims to provide a perspective on how we can transform the education sector. The engagements and deliberations will be compiled into a report that will be tabled before the ministry of education as well as the head of state,” she said.

According to Ndala, the state of secondary school education in Namibia needs to be improved.

“In my opinion, these were the most disastrous results we have ever produced in the country. So much needs to be done,” she said.

Following the release of the results, social media was abuzz with complaints that the study materials provided for the new curriculum were not enough. Ndala says she has also heard these complaints from teachers.

“I also think that there is no willingness from the ministry of education to transform and deal with the challenges that we are faced with,” she said, in reference to a recently circulating video of pupils being taught under a tree and others in the rain.

The ministry needs to take accountability, firstly for the results and secondly for the state of education in the country.

Ndala also expressed that the party finds these results disastrous.

“It’s disastrous. We cannot stress enough how disappointing these results are. In simple terms, one would say we have produced pupils who will never be able to go to university, be educated or have an opportunity to secure a job because they do not have the necessary requirements to advance in their lives.

“We need to intervene, as in yesterday,” she said.

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