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Jealousy makes you nasty

16 January 2015

It was rather interesting to read comments from self-proclaimed education experts debating about the recently released Grade 12 results.

With less than 50 percent of the students who sat for last year’s Grade 12 examinations failing to qualify for a place at University, there is growing concern about the number of students who will be on the streets.

Unemployment amongst the youth remains very high and the recently released results will further exacerbate the problem.

Dissecting the Grade 12 results, some commentators suggested that St Boniface College, the beacon of education excellence in the country for a number of years now, should not be praised for the stellar performance by the school’s students as it only enrols academically gifted students.

With such a line of argument, those from this school of thought are making excuses for failure.

The school’s principal has been on record several times explaining their recipe for success, but instead of emulating their practice, we now want to attack the school for its excellence.

Wisdom dictates that if you want to be the best, you need to learn from the best. There is nothing wrong with that.

There are so many other private schools in the country that are nowhere near producing the same sort of results as St Boniface.

Being a private school does not always guarantee success, and those comforting themselves in failure should know this.

Rather, hard work and dedication to duty by the teachers and students, as well as discipline will likely bring success.

To those who are trying to vilify St Boniface for their success, let’s learn to accept and celebrate greatness as one commentator said.

As anyone in education will tell you, parents also play a very important role in the success of their children. Educating a child should not only be left to the teachers, but as parents we also need to come to the party.

The ministry of education together with the ministry of health and social welfare continue to receive the biggest chunk of the national budget, but that has not transformed into better performance of the sector. A 50 percent plus failure rate is just too much and does not justify the billions spent on education.

Perhaps we should all blame ourselves as most of the best brains in the country look down upon education as a profession.

The University of Namibia struggles year in and year out to recruit students for its teaching programmes with the result that only those students with very low points who would have failed to gain entrance to other courses end up enrolling.

We humbly request the education ministry to set targets for principals and those who cannot meet these should be shown the door and those opportunities should be given to others to prove themselves.


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