More effort needed to achieve quality education: Semba

GOBABIS; The Director of Education for the Omaheke Region, Peka Semba has called for the establishment of a forum which will monitor and evaluate the provision of quality education in this region.

Such a forum, the director said, will bring together various stakeholders especially at the grassroots level of education – in districts and constituencies – to iron out challenges inhibiting the provision of quality education.

Semba was speaking during the regional commemoration of the Day of the African Child in Gobabis on Saturday.

The day is commemorated across the African continent on 16 June in honour of hundreds of school children who lost their lives during the Sharpeville, Soweto uprising of 1976 in South Africa.

He said despite Government’s efforts to provide free and quality education to the Namibian child, quality is still lacking in some aspects of education.

The director said the current outputs of education, especially at primary school level in the region, are not yet up to standard as learners often find it difficult to manage certain simple tasks.

“We have a good education system, but when one looks at the provision of quality education, we are still lacking in that department. Today’s products of education are not self-confident and are often shy to express themselves. We need to restore confidence in them so that they become capable of tackling education on their own,” he said.

The Omaheke Region has over the years been one of the poorly performing regions at Grade 10 and 12 levels, but the region has recorded significant improvements over the last two years or so.

In the November 2012 Grade 10 examinations, Omaheke ended last, but improved to position number nine in 2013, making it the most improved region during that year’s examinations.