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By: Josia Shigwedha

The Landless People’s Movement (LPM), member of parliament Utaara Mootu, has called for President Hage Geingob to dismiss the minister of education, arts and culture, Anna Nghipondoka, for the low improvement in the number of learners qualified to proceed to the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Advanced Subsidiary (NSSCAS) level and institutions of higher learning after the 2023 national examinations. 

According to Mootu, the country cannot celebrate a 3% improvement and ignore the 75 percent who did not qualify for grade 12 and tertiary education.

The Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture recently announced that a total of 10,261 students out of 40,682 who took the full-time 2023 national examinations have successfully qualified to proceed to the Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS), this year.

The pass rate figure represents 25.2 percent of the total learners, marking an increase of 3.8 percent compared to the 21.4 percent who qualified in 2022.

Speaking at a press conference today, Mootu states that parents are frustrated with the future of their children. Mootu further explains why 75 percent should be the target and not 3 %. 

“Three percent should be a reflection of the President, as we call on the President to fire the minister of education. Three percent is not a result to be applauded in the education system, and a 75 percent failure rate demands for the President to reshuffle and fire some of these ministers who fail to account,” stated Mootu.

In response to the call for Geingob to dismiss Nghipondoka, press secretary, Alfredo Hengari, replied in a text message that he has no comment and further said: “We must not forget that this is an election year”.

Attempts to get a comment from Nghipondoka proved futile.

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