OUTJO: The Kunene regional stakeholders’ education conference held this week passed a number of resolutions to improve the quality of education in the region over the next two years.
The conference was held at the Outjo Primary School Hall from Monday to Thursday, with more than 200 education stakeholders in attendance.
It was called to give all education stakeholders in the region a platform to come together and critically plan how the examination results in the region could be improved.
Kunene Education Director Simon Tsuseb on Thursday read the formulated resolutions out to all teachers, principals, traditional leaders and regional councillors, as well as parents who attended the conference.
Tsuseb, who was appointed as the region’s education director in May this year, said his office will implement all resolutions.
At his official welcoming to the region in July, the education director stated that nobody can be excused from having contributed to the region’s ‘dismal performance’, and said all staff, from human resources and general services down to the cleaners, have to pull up their socks to effect improvement.
The Kunene Region ended in last place amongst all 13 regions in the 2011 Grade 12 examinations. The Grade 10 results were not much better as the region was in 11th position there last year.
One of the resolutions taken at the conference was that all ‘weak’ school principals in the region would be removed from their duty stations and transferred to other schools, said the Kunene Education Director.
“In addition, we will also restrict everyone, not only teachers, from having sexual relationships with our school-going learners,” stressed Tsuseb.
A resolution was also passed that during the April and August school holidays, formal classes should be held for all Grades 10 and 12 learners for an unspecified number of weeks.
The Education Director also expressed unhappiness with the poor standard of educational services at lower-primary school level in his region.
No recommendations were, however, formulated to deal with the possible improvement of lower- primary education.
The regional conference was held under the theme “Taking a Collective Responsibility to Overcome Educational Shortcomings in the Kunene Region”.