Karas Schools Lack Leadership

THE lack of leadership accountability is affecting effective learning and teaching in schools in the Karas Region.

This was one of the findings made by education deputy minister Silvia Makgone, following her four-day familiarisation visit to the region.

Makgone visited nine schools to find out why the regions’ pupils were performing poorly in the Grade 10 and 12 examinations over the past years.

The deputy minister said she found that schools management do not monitor and supervise teachers sufficiently.

“How do you expect others to perform? Teachers are neglecting their work. There are no disciplinary records taken against those neglecting their work. No one is taking accountability. There is a problem of leadership,” Makgone remarked.

She also revealed that pupils’ exercise books she had inspected indicated that teaching in schools had mostly started on 28 January although schools already opened their doors on 14 January, and that no lesson preparations were done by the teachers.

In addition, the deputy minister said pupils’ books are not marked, and that “ghost” continuous assessment marks are being given to pupils.

“Written work does not exist. No marking. Then they (teachers) are complacent to say learners cannot write and read,” Makgone remarked.

While inspecting the books, the deputy minister also admitted that she was “disappointed, hurt and even had shed a tear at what she had saw”.

Although there was indication that subject aisors and inspectors had visited schools, according to Makgone, the principals could not provide any assessment reports on such visits.

“At one school I was told that the last time the circuit inspector had visited the school was in 2006,” Makgone said.

The deputy minister revealed that most schools had invested Universal Primary Education (UPE) money government had allocated to commercial banks and other financial institutions instead of using it to address the teaching and learning needs.

Makgone concluded that the region has the strength to achieve better results in the Grade 10 and 12 examinations, but added that this depends on the educators’ attitude.

“You’ve got the infrastructure that other people will only just dream of,” Makgone remarked.

Source : The Namibian