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New Era Newspaper Thursday January 11, 2018

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2 NEWS Thursday, January 11 2018 | NEW ERA Train accident victim succumbs to injuries Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund A 21-year-old man who was run over by a train last December has died. de Koe, died on Tuesday evening in the Katutura State Hospital in Windhoek due to the severe injuries he sustained in the train accident that happened on December 29 last year near Usakos. Police reports earlier indicated that the train was on its way to Windhoek when it struck De Koe who was sitting on the rails at Bourani, a farm just outside Usakos. It is still unclear what exactly De Koe was doing at 06h00 on the railway line. PRINCIPALS From page 1 "We normally receive N0 per child – then we were told that would be cut to N0 per learner. Then later we were informed that we will only receive N0 per child, but the year eventually ended with no cent received from government. So what choice do we have? Sit down and wait on government? Our children need education,” explained one school principal that requested anonymity. New Era yesterday established that high schools such as Ella Du Plessis, Augustenium and Khomastura, all in the Khomas Region, had requested parents to pay a monetary contribution of up to N0 before registration of learners would commerce. Parents at Ella Du Plessis are forking out N0 while at both Khomastura and Augustenium parents are asked to pay N0 or more. This excludes a list of stationery to the value of N0. Primary schools in Katutura such as Berthold Himumuine, Theo Katjimune and Auas request N0, while at Charles Anderson in Ongwediva in Oshana Region parents are asked to pay N0 as registration fee and for chairs. A mother of a Grade 6 learner Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 The crime investigations coordinator for the Namibian Police in Erongo Region, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, on Tuesday evening said De Koe sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the Usakos hospital, whereafter he was transferred to Windhoek shortly afterwards, where he died. Meanwhile two people also tragically died yesterday afternoon in a car accident between Usakos and Swakopmund. The Roberta Doeses, both females. According to Iikuyu, the two were travelling from Windhoek to Swakopmund with two other occupants, including the 26-yearold driver. at Oshakati West Primary School was caught by surprise when her son came home with a long list of stationery and a request for money for toilet paper. “Of course they wrote somewhere on the list that the list was not compulsory, but what are the consequences if one omits an item from the list? Who will buy the missing items?” asked one of the parents. But the regional education director for Oshana Region, Hileni Amukana, said education is a collective responsibility and parents should be willing to contribute in any form necessary when they are asked to do so by the school. Amukana maintained that the lists given to the parents were not compulsory and parents were free to inform the schools where and when they cannot afford to pay. According to her, the region only year, thus stationery could not be procured on time. “But most textbooks have already been delivered at schools as from the end of December 2017, and as we speak more textbooks and stationery are being packed and delivered to schools,” she said. Khomas regional education acting director Steve Kaangundue Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 He explained that the driver appeared to have lost control over the vehicle. The accident happened about 36 kilometres from Usakos and a case of culpable homicide is being investigated. In another incident, a 32-year- Natangwe, died in the Swakopmund State Hospital after he was stabbed with a knife on Tuesday evening at DRC informal settlement. shortly after the incident but was arrested by the police on Tuesday evening. The 25-year-old suspect is expected to appear today in the Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder. yesterday said the money being paid is an agreement between parents and school boards. He said if any of the parents feel that they are forced to pay such fees “By law, no parents should be forced to pay school fees or even registration fees,” he said. Kaangundue says currently they some school boards have the idea of asking voluntary contributions from parents. “This is not compulsory and parents should not be forced to pay,” said Kaangundue. Oshikoto education regional it was wrong for school principals to want contributions from the parents – especially now when parents are competing for space for their children at government schools. “They are saying it is not compulsory – yet parents are slapped with school fees as one of the conditions to have a child admitted in school. “The minister and the permanent secretary are on record that parents should not pay school fees,” he said. Oshikoto received the UPE funds towards the end of last year and the ministry was looking for further possibilities to give more funding. Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 QUALIFY From page 1 TRAINEES From page 1 "They cancelled without giving us a reason. They only said we have to re-apply for the loans on January 12 to February 28, while registration already started on January 8 and will end January 11 [today]. We are very disappointed because they failed to alert us in advance about these changes,” bemoaned a student. Approached for comment yesterday, Olavi Hamwele, NS- FAF’s chief human capital and students were initially awarded for a maximum of three years to pursue their levels 1-3 at local vocational training centres (VTCs). He added they have since competed Level 3, which implies that the Fund has honoured its current agreement with the trainees. “Since there is no earlier approval made for loan extension, NSFAF is not liable for any expenses incurred by the students,” he reacted. He noted in the past NSFAF issued automatic loan extension for trainees who wished to enhance their N4-N6 vocational training stitutions – however this practice has been discontinued as from 2018 in order to enable trainees to apply through the normal online application process. He said the online application “The ultimate aim of any secondary education graduate is to enter institutions of higher learning to interest. Regrettably though, as it is in many other spheres of life, we attempt, and it is no different with some of our candidates who did not obtain the required points for admission to further their studies at institutions of higher learning,” the minister noted. During the 2017 academic year, a total of 56,305 candidates comprising of 22,091 full-time and 34,214 part-time learners registered for the Namibia Senior time and 129 part-time examination centres nationally. She said the Grade 12 Ordinary Level candidates increased by 9.3 percent from 51,527 to 56,305, which is 4,778 candidates more than 2016. Further, she said, from the total of 34,214 part-time candidates, 29,181 were registered with the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) which equates to 85.3 percent of the total parttime candidates, while the rest were catered for by other private institutions registered with the education ministry. According to her, out of 22,091 full-time candidates who registered for Grade 12 Ordinary Level in 2017, 93.7 percent of the entries were graded compared to 93.3 percent in 2016; and this shows an increase of 0.4 percent of the graded entries. Moreover, she maintained that of the 34,214 part-time candidates registered for the examinations, 81.1 percent of the subject entries were graded in 2017 when compared to 78.5 percent in 2016. “This shows an increase of 2.6 percent, again a positive achievement as far as the graded subject entries for part-time candidates are concerned,” she said. She reported that seven regions exceeded the national average performance at Grade D and above in English (//Kharas, Hardap, Khomas, Omaheke, Erongo, Kunene and Kavango exceeded the national average performance in mathematics (Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto, Khomas and Oshana). Furthermore, six regions out-performed national performance in the remaining subjects. “It is high time we start moving away from this mediocrity and start to look at our contributions towards the above regional performances. Notwithstanding the challenges facing us, this way of reporting is clearly talking to the individual subject teachers, and all stakeholders that render area, to compare their regional performances against the national performance,” she urged. She called on the regional education directorates to zoom further into their individual school results and twin up teachers, schools or even regions in subject areas for collaboration to facilitate improvement. She said several alternative learning opportunities are presented to candidates who did qualify for university nationally to improve their subject grades on a part-time basis. This can be done by joining skills training centres through the Namibia Training Authority (NTA), joining the job market as well as becoming entrepreneurs to be self-employed. for 2018 commences on January 12 and closes February 28. According to him, the Fund received Loan extension requests from 105 trainees. “No requests were approved and trainees have been informed and encouraged through the NSFAF online application process, which will open for applicants as from 12 January 2018. Since no loan extensions awards were issued and cancelled, NSFAF is not in a position to provide the value of the awards,” Hamwele said. Further, he said the Fund did communicate to the applicants to inform them that their request for a loan extension was not approved and trainees have been encouraged to apply through the NSFAF online application process, which will open for applicants as from Friday. He maintained the students normally have a month to apply for the loan extension, and the response is usually provided within a month, which is exactly what happened in this case. “We are collaborating with the local VTCs, to inform the students to apply through NSFAF 2018 online application for funding. This information is widely publicised in the local media and available on NSFAF website (www.nsfaf. fund). Should they qualify for funding through the online application process, they will be funded accordingly,” he stressed.

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