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Nanso launches access to education campaign

THE Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) has launched its annual ‘Access to Education’ campaign for both primary and secondary education to ensure all Namibian children are accommodated at schools.

Nanso Khomas regional chairperson Saara Edward last week told Desert Radio the organisation launched the campaign on 17 January to ensure all pupils are placed at schools.

She said the campaign also aims to ensure all pupils have access to quality education.

“Access to education has two phases: access to primary education and access to secondary education. For basic education we facilitate the process of placement at both primary and secondary schools,” she said.

Edward said regarding access to secondary education, Nanso focuses on students’ registration and application process.

“We also focus on providing the necessary information. Whatever queries the puplis may have, we are always at the forefront of social media, ensuring we provide them with assistance,” she said.

She said Nanso has set up different points at secondary schools in the Khomas region to assist pupils with Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) applications.

Placement and enrolment for secondary education is, however, still a problem nationwide, Edward said.

“We have met with directors from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to discuss the issue of placement, and to see how Nanso can provide assistance in this regard,” she said.

According to Edward, another challenge at hand is the lack of classrooms and resources at schools.

Nanso two weeks ago shared on social media that it carried out school preparedness assessments in the Kavango East region.

“Among the prominent issues affecting education, the region has more than 74 000 pupils in the schooling system, and only a few schools to accommodate them,” the post read.

The organisation said schools in the Kavango East region have up to 60 or more pupils per class.

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