THE Education Directorate of the Ohangwena Region controls 38 combined and junior secondary schools offering Grade 10 to 11, while seven senior secondary schools are identified to offer Grade 10 to 12.
According to Education Director for the Ohangwena Region Isak Hamatwi, these are respectively the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary (NSSCO) Level and Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) as a result of the current education reform underway in the country.
Hamatwi in a statement pointed out that Dr. Abraham Iyambo Secondary School (SS), Eengedjo SS, Mwadikange Kaulinge SS, Ongha SS, Ponhofi SS, Haimbili Haufiku SS, and ST Odibo High School have been all been selected for the NSSCAS in the Ohangwena Region.
Meanwhile, the availability of hostel accommodation and resources such as teachers, laboratories, and libraries was the criteria used for the selection of the seven schools.
“These schools previously offered the National Senior Secondary Certificate High (NSSCH) Level in at least three subjects and performed well,” he said, adding that in total, 45 schools offer Grade 10 to 12 in Ohangwena.
Hamatwi emphasised that the reintroduction of prevocational subjects such as Design and Technology, Home Ecology/Economics, and Technical Study (Grade 5 to 9) is receiving the attention of his Directorate.
He indicated that they are faced with an undersupply of teachers mostly at the secondary level in the subject areas such as English and Oshiwambo, Chemistry, Physics, Life Skills, and Social Science the region is going through.
Hamatwi appealed to the parents to encourage the children, who chose to do further studies in the education profession at the universities to concentrate on those subject areas.
To-date, Ohangwena has a population of 245 446 with currently 270 schools including 17 private, 12 secondary schools with 9 hostels, and 4 148 teachers overseeing a total of 112 358 learners.