Education ministry offers psychosocial support

Parents’ assistance vital

16 August 2021 | Education

Tania Louw; Education inspector; “I think it is important for parents to show an interest in the learner’s work.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The education inspector in the Swakopmund circuit Tania Louw, has urged learners to step forward if they are emotionally struggling.

“Learners must say if they need help. It is so important that they are emotionally well,” she said.

Schools throughout the country have life skills teachers who act as guidance counsellors to assist students in psychosocial troubles as far as possible.

The ministry of education, arts and culture in collaboration with the ministry of health and social services has also commissioned a task team to visit schools to assist with psychosocial support of learners and staff. This is being done in a bid to mitigate the emotional and mental strain the Covid-19 pandemic may have inflicted.

Louw urged parents to free Grade 11 and AS-level students of household chores as far as possible to allow them more time to focus on their education.

“I know that many parents very much need their children to help out around the house, but it is also important that the learners focus on their studies,” she said.

Mitigating challenges

Louw said that the ministry’s most prevalent challenge is the gaps that may remain in students’ education long after the pandemic ends.

“It is difficult because parents are not always knowledgeable in the subjects that are offered,” she said.

Her advice to parents and guardians is to encourage learners by taking an interest in their education.

“Engage with teachers to see how you can assist the learner. Once the learner sees that the parent takes an interest in their work, they will also be encouraged,” she advised

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