Windhoek – The Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) director, Heroldt Murangi, has explained that the block tuition programme for Grade 12 learners, which is an attempt to improve national results, will be only be implemented this year on a pilot basis.
As part of its strategy to increase the pass rate among its learners, Namcol has introduced a block tuition system, which will be implemented during school holiday breaks, only at selected centres.
The first block tuition will take place between March 20 to 24, while the second is from May 1-19 leading to the one from August 29 until September 1.
Murangi said learning will take place in a controlled environment.
He said he decision is based on Namcol’s experience of the operations at various tutorial centres, adding that the college is entirely dependent on using classrooms at schools after their school programme finishes, including extra-curricular activities.
“This leaves us with compromised space for tuition and own activities,” he said.
This mode of delivery, he said, replaces the current face-to-face sessions at certain selected centres. These will include the northern region at Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Gabriel Taapopi, Iipumbu and Shaankia Nashilongo senior secondary schools.
It will also take place at Keetmanshoop Training Resource Centre, Highline Secondary School, A. Shipena Secondary School, Goreangab Secondary School and Khomas High School, De Duine Secondary School, Paresis Secondary School, Noordgrens and Brendan Simbwaye schools.
He compared the current tuition regime with the proposed block tuition. He said in the current system, there is little competition amongst tutors while the block one leads to high competition.
The current system also compels Namcol to employ tutors who are available whether committed or not, while the proposed one attracts the best tutors as lessons will take place during the holidays when people will apply and the best candidates chosen.
Murangi said the current system has tutors who claim to be exhausted after carrying out formal education activities, whereas with block tuition energetic tutors will not be engaged with formal school activities.
Further, he said, the proposed system will have tutors who will have enough time to mark learners’ work unlike the current one where tutors claim not to have enough time to prepare and mark learners’ work.
The proposed system will also be carried out in the morning unlike the current one where learners attend classes as late as 21h00, which poses a danger to their lives. Lessons will end at 16h00 with the block tuition.
“Longer time does not mean effective instruction. Many tutors go to lessons late and leave early. Much time is lost and learners lose while tutors benefit, while the proposed regime take place in a controlled tutoring and learning environment,” he reasoned.
He said learners will be provided lessons through radio, Edu TV, NoteMaster, CDs, and YouTube but are also encouraged to use resource centres and complete their assignments.
Success in exams would not be achieved in the absence of 100 percent commitment from all stakeholders, especially parents and learners. We shouldn’t abandon our people who didn’t make it. Education is a social event, it’s keeping learners from wrongdoings,” he encouraged.
He also said registration started on Monday (January 17) and will end on February 8.
He noted it appears the demand for places is high, hence he urged learners to register on time and avoid coming on the last day of registration.
Learners are also reminded to register separately for the examinations with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture’s Directorate of Examinations on February 1 to April 5.