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Whither to education?

20 February 2015
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The fact that our education sector is in shambles and in need of a major revamp is no secret. Despite government’s efforts to find a lasting solution over the years,

we still have a long way to go before our education system produces graduates who can easily meet the demands of the work environment.

More often than not, companies have to retrain graduates from Polytechnic of Namibia and Unam at a cost before they are fully skilled to perform basic duties as required by the employer.

What that shows you is that somehow the curriculum used at our institutions of higher learning is not responsive enough to the needs of the industry despite undergoing regular changes.

But is our problems a function of a deficiency in the curriculum? Should we not blame the teachers or lecturers instead for failing to teach what is contained in the curriculum? Or better still, should we blame the students for being lazy and not applying the knowledge that they would have acquired from the classroom?

Government has done enough to pump in billions of dollars into the sector every year, but is this money being put to good use. Study after study have been carried out in trying to diagnose what exactly is the problem with our education system, but unfortunately nothing has come out of these studies or workshops.

Every year we have the so called experts offering their two cents worth of advice on what should be done with our education at a big cost to the government. But to be honest, most of these so called experts don’t seem to have a clue of what they are talking about.

We were surprised this week to learn that the inappropriately named National Institute for Education Development defended the decision to drop computer studies from the new curriculum for Government primary schools.  What a farce!

Such a decision is shocking as it is ridiculous. When the whole world is going digital, we seem to be tracing back our routes to the cave.

What is baffling is you have this so called education expert from South Africa saying our syllabus is one of the best when we are doing away with computer studies. She must spare us her opinion especially for someone who comes from a country that has just introduced digital classrooms.

The introduction of the universal primary education was a noble idea with good intentions, but the whole idea can easily blow up in our faces if it is not handled properly.

Free education should not come at the expense of quality education.

Where government has no money to buy computers, allow parents or well-wishers to buy or donate these computers.

Lack of resources should never be masked with convenient excuses that computer studies are not important because we know better.

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