By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Ohangwena regional coordinator of the leading opposition party DTA, Hidipo Hamata has demanded that the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) provides sufficient study material for the English subject in the region. Study material for English in the region normally runs out due to the college’s low projections.
Hamata argued that in 2015 more than 400 pupils failed to register with the institution while close to 300 pupils were put on a waiting list, this year, at Ponhofi Secondary School and Eengendjo Secondary School respectively.
“At Ponhofi Secondary School, more than 427 full-time and part-time pupils wrote their English examination this year which led to some pupils waiting outside for others to write due to a lack of space to write in the examination hall.
“Materials such as radios were not enough during the listening sessions. As we are all aware, English as a second language is a major problem not only in Ohangwena region but countrywide and the demand is too high compared to the supply. This had been the case for the past 10 years now,” said Hamata.
He continued to say that the state owned institution is not doing its best as to its mandate, but rather it had become a mere business entity which has lost its aim and mission, which is to take education to the people.
“This situation has led many parents enrolling their children at private schools which are more expensive. It has also led to many losing hope in Namcol. The objective of Namcol is to allow out of school youths and adults to study at their own pace and convenience in order to complete their junior secondary school and Namibia senior secondary certificates but not to make it difficult for them,” he said.
Rholene Bock, Namcol marketing and sales manager said that the institution considers various factors before embarking on the distribution of study materials such as the demand on certain subjects.
“We cannot go ahead with the distribution of study materials before all critical key areas are met. We do planning based on the previous year, figures, demand and budget. We consider many factors before we go on with the distribution,” said Bock.
Hamata further urged Namcol to sort out the matter urgently in order to prevent delays in the future.
Namcol is a state supported, educational institution established by an act of Parliament. The college was initially inaugurated as a directorate within the Ministry of Basic Education and Culture in November 1994.
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