Schools should be problem solvers
Advanced curriculum in the spotlight
01 September 2021 | Ministries
Anna Nghipondoka; Minister; “You should take ownership and address challenges.”
The minister of education, arts and culture Anna Nghipondoka met with education stakeholders of the Erongo region regarding the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) curriculum.
One of the biggest concerns for schools offering this curriculum in the Erongo region, remains the availability of space due to a lack of placement for leaners. Other challenges include a lack of infrastructure, equipment, textbooks and resources.
Nghipondoka said that innovation is needed for schools to resolve challenges.
“Head office only serves as a guideline. You should take ownership and address challenges. Schools should be innovative by coming up with their own solutions. Education cannot stop, even though there is a lack of resources.”
She called on teachers and headmasters to be trailblazers to inspire learners.
“Teaching is a calling. You are responsible for making a direct difference in a learner’s life. If you are struggling with a particular subject, break down the task into manageable components,” Nghipondoka advised.
The NSSCAS curriculum has been introduced to bring Namibian education on par with the rest of the world as learners can leave grade 11 with a level 3 NQA (Namibia Qualifications Authority) certificate for varsity.
Clementine Trumis-Garises of the Directorate of National Examinations and Assessment (DNEA) said that learners need to already have a career-based thinking approach when opting to follow the NSSCAS curriculum.
“The curriculum prepares learners for subjects they will use in university and not what they qualify for,” she said.
The main functions of DNEA is to provide a national assessment and certification service for the school system, to assist in enhancing the quality of education, and to monitor educational standards.
Learners qualify for the NSSCAS with a C symbol or better at the Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary (NSSOC) level.
The estimated 2022 enrolment number for NSSOC in the Erongo region is expected to be 877 learners, which is 516 more than this year.