By Johannes Hangula
EDUCATION Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Thursday strongly dismissed the myth that institutions such as Namcol are dumping grounds for failures, labelling them instead as centres of second opportunities that are able to produce high calibre students.
The minister made these remarks in a speech delivered on her behalf by Adelheid /Awases, Director for planning and development in the ministry at the Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol) seventh prize giving ceremony for the 2016 Junior Secondary Certificate and National Senior Secondary Certificate top achievers held in Windhoek.
Hanse-Himarwa further stressed that as Namibia embarks on a journey towards poverty eradication, education plays a central role, and institutions like Namcol must vigorously partner Government in providing equitable quality education for this target to be achieved.
“Equally we must also understand that when we complete our studies, we should become job creators rather than only job seekers. I dispel the narrative that we expect Government to create jobs all time, hence Government will continue to create opportunities for self-employment,” she said.
The minister added that Namcol plays one of the key roles in helping the nation to achieve its national objectives. “Namcol has the capacity to support national policy which is geared towards achieving the provision of education and training opportunities to adults and out-of-school youth in order to mitigate the effects of colonial education”.
She applauded the companies that joined hands with Namcol to rewards learners with prizes for their remarkable performance. ”This is a positive sign of sharing the collective responsibility of education in our country. With initiatives such as this, we can only move higher on the ladder of success in addressing the education challenges of our times,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
In his remarks, Namcol acting director Jan Nitschke said in last year, the college enrolled 44 328 learners in all its programmes and this figures includes 39 647 in secondary education, 3 425 at tertiary level programmes, 304 in Technical Vocational Educations and Training (TVET) and 925 in computer courses.
“When Namcol was established through an act of Parliament in 1997, the aim was to get a 50 percent pass rate, which we exceeded a long time ago. Over the years we strived not only to pass and reward learners, but to move them from the lower grades to the upper grades- that is D grades and above.
“The objective of Namcol is to contribute to the development of a competent and highly skilled productive human capital. As a college, we fully comprehend our national duty by empowering and nurturing the out-of-school youth and adults in preparing them for further studies and contributing to the social economic development of our country,” stressed Nitschke.
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