Parents essential for quality education

Matheus Hamutenya
Keetmanshoop – Parents and the community have a crucial role to play to ensure the Namibian child gets quality education.

//Karas education director |Awebahe ||Hoeseb says although learners are sent to school to learn, it should not be seen as the sole responsibility of educators to safeguard the quality of education of these learners.

He said stakeholders, especially parents and the community, have an equally important task to shape the future of learners, and thus it is important that they do their part.

||Hoeseb said parents should not only criticise and voice opinions when results come out, but they should get involved in the daily school activities of their children by checking on their children’s homework, liaising with teachers on their progress and overall be aware of their children’s performance throughout the year.

“It will be really irresponsible for community members and parents to just sit back like armchair quarterbacks for the whole year and all of a sudden when results come out they have a voice,” he said.

Emphasising the importance of team work, he explained that teachers alone can’t produce excellent results, saying each and every one should be involved and do their part in the spirit of teamwork.

He urged parents to get involved from day one by analysing school results together with the respective schools, identifying weak points and devising strategies that can improve the results.

Asked on the region’s performance during the 2016 Grade 10 and 12 national examinations, he said there was only a slight improvement for both grades.

The region is ranked position 10 out of 14 in the Grade 12 performance, having moved two places up compared to 2015, while the Grade 10 ranking remains the same, with the region ranked second last, only above Hardap Region, but have improved the performance from 40 percent last year to 41 this year.

The director however indicated people should not just look at the ranking and think the region didn’t improve, but rather compare past results to the current results, further explaining that mathematically speaking when you have 14 regions, one is bound to be number one, while another will occupy position 14, even if all the learners performed exceptionally well.

||Hoeseb further stated that for the region to perform well, all must be involved to ensure good grades, saying people must work together to improve results instead of pointing fingers and blaming individuals.

“The performance of the region is an accumulation of the performances of  various schools, so you can’t just call for the head of a director, you should start with the teacher in the classroom, the head of department, the principal,” he said, adding: “Also look at what role did the parents play? What role did the community members play? It’s a collective responsibility where we have to make our individual inputs but also be team players.”

The region has come up with resolutions at a principals’ meeting, aimed at improving results this year.

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