Khomas Region results shock the nation

Rusten Mogane

WINDHOEK — A lack of parent involvement in the education of their children has come out as the most crucial reason why Khomas Region performed among the worst in the country for the Junior Secondary School Certificate (JSCC) examinations.

Khomas Region hit rock bottom this year, slipping down from tenth spot to 12th place in the Grade 10 results.

Rusten Mogane, a veteran teacher and former Namibia Sports Commission administrator, said that although Khomas Region has good schools, parents do not involve themselves in their children’s education.

“I did some research on this. Schools call parents to parent meetings, but they don’t come,” he said, suggesting that structures such as the Khomas Regional Council, the different school boards, Namibia Teachers Union (Nantu) and Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) get involved in the matter.

Mogane said discipline was another factor, which worsens the situation as parents do not control their kids from frequenting shebeens and clubs when they are supposed to be doing homework.

“In our time, children were in the house by six o’clock. Now you still find children running around the streets after 11 o’clock at night,” he lashed out, saying there was no respect and no culture of learning among learners today.

He said that children are bombarded with technology, especially the Internet, cellphones, SMS texting and certain television shows which distract them from learning.

Mogane also took a swipe at teachers, saying that some teachers have no interest in their profession and do not want to avail extra time for their learners.

“Teachers must know that education is a calling. They must sacrifice themselves and know they are responsible for children’s education,” he said, adding that at some schools less than 17 percent of learners attend afternoon studies.

Ottilie Abrahams, the principal of Jacob Marengo Secondary School in Katutura, said the results were terrible for the Khomas Region and also found fault with teachers whom she said lacked participation in school activities.

“We should have a conference of stakeholders early in the year (2014) to investigate this,” she said.

She said that this year, they even held classes on Saturdays but only a few learners pitched up.

She said that Khomas Region’s learners had fantastic access to information, but technology was also a big distraction at the same time.

Nantu’s secretary general, Basilius Haingura, said that they were generally happy with the improvement of Grade 10 results, especially in the northern regions but were disappointed about Khomas Region’s performance.

“We can’t believe they are not performing,” he said, sharing the sentiment that teachers lacked commitment to their profession.

He said that at least the bush allowance for teachers is working as it has attracted good teachers to the more rural regions, which is reflected in the better results of those regions.

Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi, who on Tuesday announced the examination results for Grade 10 part-time and full-time learners and Grade 12 Higher Level learners said that there was some slight improvement this year compared to last year’s results.

Out of 34 054 candidates who wrote Grade 10 examinations, 18 613 students (54.7 percent) passed and will be promoted to Grade 11.

The statistics show an increase of 2.6 percent from 2012, with 52.1 percent of learners qualifying for admission to Grade 11.

Oshikoto Region remains the best performing region, followed by Oshana Region, Omusati Region, Ohangwena, Kavango and Zambezi.

Otjozondjupa is the worst performing region this year, while last year’s worst performer, Hardap Region, has moved three places up to become the tenth best performer.

Khomas is the second worst performing region, behind Karas, Hardap and Kunene in ninth place, Erongo in the eighth spot and Omaheke having moved up one place to become the seventh best performer.

Boniface College in Rundu remains the best performing school, followed by Negumbo Senior Secondary School, Canisianum Roman School, Edugate Academy, Heroes Combined School (CS) and Oshigambo Secondary School in sixth place.

The six worst performing schools from bottom are Gam CS, Ndoro Memorial CS, Adam Steve CS, Mabushe CS, Vooruitsig Junior Secondary School and Augustineum Secondary School.

Female learners outperformed their male counterparts this year again, where of 130 best performers, 79 (60.8 percent) were female while 51 or 39.2 percent of the total were males.

By Magreth Nunuhe

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49 Comments

  1. juju said:

    bravo northern part,, shame on you centrall and southern part,, the blame is not for teachers hare, the blame is for school kids themsevles, what they now is just to speak english fluently and show off. change and learn how to make time for your study,, parents what have to be blame for , is just too much freedom they give to their kids and much trust,, which is not a good thing at all.

  2. Likius J T NdeilengaLikius J T Ndeilenga said:

    Poor living conditions and noise pollution is to be blame. Eschatology with its effects..

  3. Sofia ShikongoSofia Shikongo said:

    oshotakala nga oyatula omizalo komeho nokwishapa ngele yayi kowambo thnkx oshikoto vakwetu…. pandu pandu

  4. Mike said:

    Its hard to use the parents as the causing factor, a parent of a 16 years old who is in grade 10 is 40 years and younger, meaning its a parent who have some level of education than the parents of the 90s who were mostly uneducated. The more the parents are educated, the more they try to get involved in their children’s education. I disagree with this, look at other factors that can lead to failures of learners in Khomas region

  5. Verona Shiveli HamakaliVerona Shiveli Hamakali said:

    Iipala tuu eyi vatula komesho. They use facebook as if it was invented for them. They are too in fashion . Kuma “eputuko” speaking english and afrikaans as they are drink water yet they fail to spell word “stuipd ” how ridiculous is that? Big up for O’4regions

  6. Dankie Ndjaba Yolupangi NangeniDankie Ndjaba Yolupangi Nangeni said:

    I thing Parent are the cost by buying Blackberry/Nokia Lumia/Samsung Galax for the school kids and give them wht they want it can be a problem by giving your school kids an money and expensve things so they won’t be series with school enymore bcz all they need they get it turust me pples!!!

  7. Mekondjo NaikakuMekondjo Naikaku said:

    Most of them do not worry about their own performance because they have everything they need, nokia lumia that a teacher does not have, driving an AUDI while the teacher hiking to work, list goes on. Why do i have to study hard? I am already rich. At the end failure is the result.

  8. Kulumelo BostersKulumelo Bosters said:

    the learners for last year the have copied that’s why the passed the best this year was no copying that’s why the failed much even next the will fail again .

  9. Hp IlenyHp Ileny said:

    Well done to everybody who passed Grade god bless u all!!

  10. Elijah Shishopa HafeniElijah Shishopa Hafeni said:

    Ame ohaningi lenge nai no afrikaans yavo nokuli, bt katutura manners z very dangerous man.

  11. Slowj ShoopalaSlowj Shoopala said:

    fightng wth securty officer. in our northern culture kid can nt urgy wth adluts.

  12. Kandiwapa Martha IndongoKandiwapa Martha Indongo said:

    Khomas shame!! I wont blame teachers,but those learners thy ar ful of themselves,kama thy know their rights…so its their right to fail!! U wl reap wat u sw

  13. Katangolo Seven SeverusKatangolo Seven Severus said:

    problem cellphones’ boyfriends and girlfriends seriously napatalwe nawa opo

  14. Muronga KasheraMuronga Kashera said:

    There is where headquarters of the ministry of education is and more especially where the deputy minister of education is who talked every bits of negativity about Kavango education as zero. I think she should be questioned why Khomas underperformed.

  15. Albertina IpingeAlbertina Ipinge said:

    On the last decade it was parents from the north sending their kids to go study at the south especially at whk. now it wil be vice versa! northen teachers together with parents let us show them what we are capable of! SALUTE NORTHERN TEACHERS!

  16. Tsenade GarisesTsenade Garises said:

    Nowadays parents are afraid of their children and are not involved in their childs education, dnt even come when you call them for school relatd issues, but whn you so much as touch that child, thats the day u’ll see the parent for the first time, so furious, want to take action against the teacher, hows that for parental involvement..

  17. Gabes Ndashunukwa ShilongoGabes Ndashunukwa Shilongo said:

    If exms waz about evelline street thy wil all pass with *

  18. Charles N ChallyCharles N Chally said:

    fashion, musics, partyin, gud english, u name it… jah they r very gud at dat. so? dats wat evrybody want ryt? even u! dats wat u want.

  19. Charles N ChallyCharles N Chally said:

    fuck dat, hu said u need yo parents 2 pass, n plus north grd 10s papers r nat markd the same as south’s, n f its so, y du they pass with 40,s in grade 10 n fail with 15’s in grade 12…?

  20. Castone CastoneCastone Castone said:

    Welldone to Ohangwena,w dn’t have electricity reading on woodfires&but we manage to came 04,job well& to all teachers of Ohangwena region.

  21. Kandolo Simon RonaldoKandolo Simon Ronaldo said:

    speaking nxa english n knwing every fashion shops is all they know and listening to musics..walye thats what thy shwd and thats what they will reap.

    • Albertina Tchemunyenge NujomaAlbertina Tchemunyenge Nujoma said:

      otaya sitha aantu ohoni,thy cum to north speakn nyc english bt put it on paper opena ongadu

    • Kandolo Simon RonaldoKandolo Simon Ronaldo said:

      kapena ngadu kaa,outya oupofi shapo Albertina,savo okudjala oumini-skrt..vati ova wise,whle thy forget kutya otave limbweenga,waalye onawa.

    • Kandolo Simon RonaldoKandolo Simon Ronaldo said:

      yeliyada kee linqua hahaha to be hnest learners frm the north we are extral wise than some of those freak partying learners in khomas..shame on them mii mini-skrt omo..shavo shama aike tavataakuma nopovakulunhu vavo vo ovawambo ngaa,,,you right Hamakali.

  22. Ruusa KapukaRuusa Kapuka said:

    Capital city apparently……too much freedom, facebooking en fashion…thats all for them.

  23. Vaarima NepoloVaarima Nepolo said:

    VentuK 4 U!! Who is suprised? I’m nt. Weldone northen regions!!

  24. Linex Imms NdjulaLinex Imms Ndjula said:

    Their jt going out for part, ad go town , ad checkng wat poly ad unam, are doing ad follwng thm, no respect, alcholc, isulting ppl, ad fashion , lol parent dt gv too much freedom,

  25. Matras HihupudobeMatras Hihupudobe said:

    khomas has more bars/shebeen than any region.. reduce the number of bars then u wll see hw they re performng.

  26. Gwelia-manene GaShamenyaGwelia-manene GaShamenya said:

    They take their kids to study at town is nothing they just gv them enough freedom smoking sugarmamy sugardady sunrise party etc sme i parents mistake jaa weldone oshikoto

  27. Albertina Tchemunyenge NujomaAlbertina Tchemunyenge Nujoma said:

    enough for teachers being criticzd nw…2014 let emphasis more on parents en children

  28. Aletta NgaikukueteAletta Ngaikukuete said:

    I agree on the discipline. Again here I take the blame from the schools and fully blame parents. I’m sorry but it’s the harsh truth.

  29. Mutota Claudia Joice NangobeMutota Claudia Joice Nangobe said:

    brazilian hairs and expensive phone,,

  30. Mutota Claudia Joice NangobeMutota Claudia Joice Nangobe said:

    brazilian hairs and expensive phone,,

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