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New Era Newspaper Thursday December 21, 2017

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Vol. 23 No. 081 Windhoek Namibia Thursday, December 21 2017 Inside Today Hepatitis E outbreak hits Windhoek In light of the Hepatitis E outbreak in Windhoek, the Ministry of Health and Social Services has cautioned the public to maintain good hygiene at all times as a preventative measure. Page 3 The year 2017 in review After an extremely tough year the Namibian economy is limping out of recession, even as the global economy during the third quarter of 2017. The Namibia Statistics that the domestic economy indeed contracted by 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2017, compared to a decline of 0.4 percent registered in the corresponding quarter of 2016. Page 9 Kanalelo aims to reinforce Unam FC defence in 2018 Getting more defensive players tops the University of Namibia (Unam) Football Club coach’s list when the 2017/18 MTC Namibia Premier League (NPL) transfer window opens in 2018. Page 24 Slight improvement in Grade 10 exam results Edgar Brandt Windhoek Attorney General Sacky Shanghala hire foreign lawyers, whose fees ran into millions this year. The Attorney General remains adamant that his office based its decision to contract foreign lawyers on circumstances and the level of expertise available locally, despite paying N.4 million in Attorney General Sacky Shanghala Albertina Nakale Windhoek We don’t budget for local or foreign lawyers - Shanghala The 2017 Grade 10 results show a slight improvement of 5.5 percent with 55.4 percent of the 40 599 full-time learners, who sat for examinations qualifying to progress to Grade 11 next year. out of the 38 277 full-time learners who sat for examinations, 21 291 passed. However, the number of Grade 10 full-time learners this year increased by 2 322, according to statistics released by the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, yesterday. A total 18 137 full-time learners failed to obtain the 23 points required to advance to Grade 11. legal and consultant fees to foreign lawyers and legal experts this year. Speaking exclusively to New Era, Shanghala was at pains to Attorney General budgets its activities for the year based on what needs to be done, and not on what percentage of the budget is to be allocated to foreign legal consultations versus local legal consultations. SHANGHALA on page 2 RESULTS on page 2 Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) has revealed it can only accommodate 15 000 Katrina Hanse-Himarwa Namcol only has space for 15 000 learners learners in its campuses next year, despite the sad reality that more than 18 000 full-time learners failed their Grade 10 examinations this year. Only 22 462 (55.3 percent) 11 in 2018 out of 40 599 full-time candidates, who sat for Grade 10 This means a whopping 18 137 learners failed to make the 23 points pass mark and will have to repeat the same grade if they are 17 years old and younger. “I don’t know how many are coming to us. However, for 2018, we have prepared space for about 15 000 learners, including our learners who did not make it. year in terms of limited resources. So, we have to put a cap on the number of students we are admitting,” NAMCOL director, Dr Heroldt Murangi, Dr Heroldt Murangi NAMCOL on page 2

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