‘Strengthen vocational training centres’ – Nekongo

Swapo Party Youth League secretary Ephraim Nekongo has advocated for strengthening vocational training centres to offer pupils alternative pathways to success.

He said this in a media statement on Tuesday addressing the recent announcement of Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary and Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary results.

“These programmes would offer practical skills training aligned with learners’ interests and strengths, preparing them for the workforce or further education,” Nekongo said.

He pointed out the timely coincidence of the results with president Hage Geingob’s declaration of 2024 as the year of “expectations and tangible outcomes”, raising the bar for delivery.

Nekongo urged the education ministry to consider building teachers’ houses in rural areas as an incentive to attract educators to remote locations.

“We have observed a surge in applications for vacancies in schools, while rural schools remain the last choice for newly graduated teachers.”

He recommended that pupils with special circumstances be granted a second chance to repeat grades.

“We cannot afford to have 30 000 learners on the streets,” he said.

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