Rossing Foundation desires for students to pass with A+
By Southern Times Writer
Rossing Foundation Executive Director Job Tjiho has urged school managements to encourage students to study mathematics and science subjects at high level and to aim for higher grades such as A, B, C and not just to study for the sake of passing.
Tjiho said the critical issues of poor learners’ performance generally coupled with low rates of success in formal qualifications at high school and tertiary levels are symptomatic of an education system that does not prepare learners adequately to meet the challenge of the ever changing world work.
He said equipping students in such subjects will not only make it easier for them to be admitted to institutions of higher learning but will also make them employable in future.
Apart from that there was the negative perception in this country that mathematics and science were difficult subjects only to be attempted by clever learners which has discouraged many from taking these subjects at high level, subsequently restricting their career options.
“’I’m just not a math person’. We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. This is not true and it is self-destructive to many of our students.
The truth is, you probably are a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career,” he said, while cautioning students to refrain from negative perceptions that might affect their careers.
He further said the lack of teachers to teach those subjects is still a challenge facing most of the schools especially in rural areas.
“School principals and teachers are also not prepared to deal with higher level subjects teaching of mathematics, or sciences thus discourage learners from taking them and depriving the learners of the opportunity to further their studies at tertiary level,” he said.
Tjiho also pointed out that proficiency in the English language continued to be a challenge as well. The main challenge why students were not passing English, especially in rural areas, was because of lack of qualified English as most of the qualified ones opted to work in cities.
“Therefore it is imperative that the government creates a conducive environment in all schools in order to address the issue,” he said.
To address the education challenges facing Namibia, Tjiho said the Rossing Foundation would continue to assist the government of Namibia through the Ministry of Arts and Culture by offering opportunities to teachers and learners to acquire subject knowledge in order to improve their competencies in English, Mathematics and Science.
This would be done through centre-based activities currently running at three education centres located in the towns of Arandis and Swakopmund in the Erongo Region and Ondangwa in Oshana region, where learners and teachers were welcome to use their services after schools and during holidays
Rossing Foundation is also running outreach programmes aimed at providing school based teachers’ professional development programmes and learners support activities as well as engagement initiatives with school boards and other stakeholders.