New curriculum designed to benefit the wealthy class: TUN

Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) Secretary General Mahongora Kavihuha raised concerns that the newly revised national curriculum for basic education is rather worrying.

Briefing the media in the capital on Tuesday, Kavihuha said there is clear and incontrovertible evidence that the new revised curriculum, instead of narrowing the divide between the rich and the poor actually serve to accentuate the divide.

He continued to say that the curriculum states explicitly that after learners complete the National Senior Secondary Certificate grade 11 ordinary level, the learners will have to choose either to seek employment, vocational training, distance education or, if they have achieved the requisite passing marks, they may continue on to grade 12.

The situation as it stands currently is such that only a few learners who will meet the prescribed proceeding requirements to grade 12 are most likely from wealthy families, he said.

He added that majority of the learners, most likely from poor families will end up in grade 11, which compromises their chances of taking courses that will have relevance to more lucrative job markets, such as engineering and bio-medical sciences.

Ironically universities from South Africa, have as far back as 2015 already started tracking the issue of admitting our students who are going to graduate through the revised curriculum, while our universities have yet to publicise how they are going to handle graduates from the revised curriculum, he noted.

The TUN secretary general also raised concern about thousands of unemployed teachers roaming the towns and villages of Namibia.

He added that the number of unemployed teachers continue to swell with each graduation year as new graduates are released.

TUN demands that a fully-fledged research programme should be commissioned to determine how many teachers will be needed in this decade at least and for what field or subjects of study they will be needed for, Kavihuha stressed.

He added that it is very important that such a study or research focusses squally on the subjects of vocational training, especially in the light of the importance placed on it in terms of the revised national curriculum and throughout the whole spectrum of the basic education.

Source: Namibia Press Agency