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Namcol revisits enrolment strategy for Grade 12 curriculum

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The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) has revisited its enrolment strategy to accommodate increasing requests for placement in the old Grade 12 curriculum, which is being offered for the last time in 2021.Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi at a m…

The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) has revisited its enrolment strategy to accommodate increasing requests for placement in the old Grade 12 curriculum, which is being offered for the last time in 2021.

Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi at a media conference on Monday said they had a shortage of Grade 12 learning materials within four days of the enrolment process having kicked off.

“We revisited our strategy for this year and resorted to the printing of additional materials for learners in Grade 12, where demand now exceeds our resources,” Murangi said, adding that they expected fewer enrolments in the final year of the old curriculum.

He said the education ministry has allocated N.dollars 4 million for the printing of additional study materials for the old curriculum for this year. There is a projected 30 per cent increase in the new print run for depleted materials in 10 subjects - accounting, agriculture, English, economics, geography, development studies, mathematics, physical science, business studies and history. This will amount to about 49 000 study packs being availed to an additional 20 000 learners at Namcol centres countrywide.

“The college catered for a scenario where the books may not be enough and introduced the self-study option, which will only commence once all materials are depleted. Under this option, learners will receive soft copies of the materials and pay less for enrolment,” he said.

Murangi, however, stated that registration will continue despite the shortage of printed materials. Learners will be allowed to register without materials and once new printed material is available, will receive the study material and commence with their academic activities. The plan is to have all learners receive their materials by 31 March 2021, he said.

Namcol will this year be offering the old Grade 12 curriculum alongside the new Grade 11 curriculum in order to accommodate learners who want to do the old Grade 12 curriculum before it is phased out.

The new curriculum is being introduced into formal schools gradually.

Source: Namibia Press Agency