KEETMANSHOOP - !Nami#Nus constituency councillor Susan Ndjaleka said the increase in learner numbers in Lὔderitz has led to the establishment of the Angra Pequena Senior Secondary School and the subsequent introduction of technical and vocational training subjects.
She was informing those present during a recent handing-over of technical equipment worth over N$3.5 million to the technical stream of the Lὔderitz Junior Secondary School.
“Those teachers at Lὔderitz secondary schools who were certified to teach Grades 10 and 12 were transferred to the Angra Pequena Senior Secondary School,” Ndjaleka added.
The councillor said the regional management committee of the directorate of arts and culture decided to introduce technical and vocational subjects alongside the academic stream at the Luderitz Junior Secondary School, and the required technical equipment therefore became necessary.
“This initiative by the education ministry in the //Kharas region will furthermore enable and prepare our learners to pursue further studies at vocational training centres once they finish Grade 12,” she noted, adding that to successfully finalise this introduction of technical subjects, classrooms were converted and refurbished into technical workshops.
“The directorate also needed to purchase technical materials and equipment as well as recruiting and appointing suitably qualified teachers to teach learners at the technical stream level”, the councillor stated.
Once this is put in place, technical subjects will be offered initially at Grade 8 level, and gradually extended up to Grade 12 level. The education minister has in the meantime granted approval, on recommendation of the National Examinations, Assessment and Certification Board, for the extension of the curriculum at the Lὔderitz Junior Secondary School from Grade 9 to Grade 11.
Ndjaleka applauded the education directorate in the region for extending the number of schools, and furthermore including the technical and vocational stream of the curriculum in the harbour town.