Poverty eats up education

By Uaueza Kanguatjivi

Poverty has significantly contributed to learners’ educational challenges in many regions, particularly Kunene, Kavango West, Kavango East, Hardap, Omaheke, and Zambezi.

This follows a new report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Science, ICT, and Youth Development that investigated the high failure rate of grade 11 and 12 learners of the NSSCO and NSSCAS levels who sat for examinations in the 2022 academic year which was presented to the 11th Session of the 6th National Council on February 14, 2023.

The probe was in response to a public outcry regarding poor performance after the Ministry of Education announced an 85% failure rate in the 2022 grade 11 and 12 examinations, while last month, the ministry announced that just 25.

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2% of 40 682 full-time learners qualified to proceed to grade 12 or tertiary education.

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Phase 1 of the investigations was held from July 31 to August 22 2023, in the selected regions Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Kavango East, and Zambezi, and Phase 2 was carried out from 18 to September 29 2023. 

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