Sanet Steenkamp

Part time legacy learners offered second opportunity for AS level

Part time legacy learners offered second opportunity for AS level

Martin Endjala The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture have announced that candidates who improved their marks through part-time tuition centers at NSSCO level and qualified to enter AS level for the first time on a full-time basis, will now be allowed to do so, provided they are 21 years or younger by 31 December 2022. The Executive Director of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp today confirmed this in a media statement. Full-time admission of part-time candidates to the Namibia senior secondary certificate advanced subsidiary (NSSCAS) and repetition for Namibia senior secondary certificate ordinary level (NSSCO)…
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Exam delays cause no implications on first-year registration

Exam delays cause no implications on first-year registration

Tujoromajo Kasuto With universities starting with registration the same time as learners rewriting their exams, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture ((MOEAC), through the Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, has engaged the institutions of higher learning on this matter and arrangements are in place for the affected learners to register upon the release of their examination results. MOEAC Executive Director (ED), Sanet Steenkamp, says that the examination results for the full time National Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinarily Level (NSSCO) and Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS level), New Curriculum, will be released mid February. Whilst the results of part-time…
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Back to school woes  As parents scramble for school placement

Back to school woes As parents scramble for school placement

Eba Kandovazu THE EXECUTIVE Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, says parents who only apply for school placement when schools reopen present the ministry with a challenge. This is every year’s challenge in January, despite rigorous campaigns by the ministry to sensitise parents and encourage them to apply on time. "These parents come to regional offices to look for placement. This means that although the regions may have finalised their placements, and all the children that applied in good time were placed, additional places now have to be found for the unplaced learners,” Steenkamp says.…
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LPM calls on learners to seek remedy in courts over exams suspension

Eba Kandovazu THE Landless People’s Movement (LPM) says it is prepared to support parents and guardians of Grade 11 and 12 learners who intend to legally challenge the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. This about this ministry’s decision to cancel examinations and have them re-written next year after question papers were leaked in the Oshana region. Yesterday the ministry announced that three police cases have been opened and ten suspects subsequently arrested. Executive Director (ED) in the ministry, Sanet Steenkamp, says eight of the suspects were released on bail while two, foreigners, are still in police custody. Only visually…
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Examinations suspended amidst question papers leakage controversy

Examinations suspended amidst question papers leakage controversy

Eba Kandovazu THOUSANDS of learners will have to re-write Grade 11 (new curriculum) and Grade 12 (old curriculum) examinations early next year, following the leakage of question papers and memorandums. Ten suspects have since been arrested, Education, Sport and Culture Ministry (MESC), Executive Director, Sanet Steenkamp, says. According to Steenkamp, eight of the suspects were released on bail while two who are foreign nationals are still in police custody. Three criminal cases have been opened, she says. Two cases have been opened at Ongwediva police station while another one was opened at Ondangwa. Steenkamp, who has also announced that examinations…
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No COVID-19 vaccines for learners

No COVID-19 vaccines for learners

Kandjemuni Kamuiiri Learners will not be able to get the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the country, as they are below the prescribed age limit. Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) Executive Director, Ben Nangombe, revealed that only persons above the age of 18 are in the criteria of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine jabs (Sinopharm, AstraZeneca and Covishield) . The revelation comes as Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture recently fingered boarding and high schools as the main spreaders of COVID-19 among learners in the country. Latest figures from the Ministry of Health shows that over the month of…
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Education ministry faces 5124 classroom backlog

Education ministry faces 5124 classroom backlog

Maria Hamutenya The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Executive Director (ED), Sanet Steenkamp, says the continued growth in the student population has resulted in a classroom backlog of 5 124 classrooms nationally. According to the ministry’s figures, as of 2019, the 14 regions had a total of 26, 090 classrooms, of which 22, 461 are permanent classrooms, 1 426 prefabricated classrooms from non-conventional material, and 2003 traditional structures constructed by the parents or by the school and 200 higher classrooms all together. “The backlog is also considering the growth in the learner population of at least three percent per…
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Schools get N$70m for sanitisers

Schools get N$70m for sanitisers

Maria Hamutenya Public and private schools have benefited from N$70 million availed by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture for the acquisition of sanitisers ahead of school opening this week, Executive Director, Sanet Steenkamp has revealed. N$14 million was availed to private schools last December as a once-off grant, with N$56 million dispersed to the ministry’s regional offices this year to assist public schools in implementing COVID-19 measures. “Almost N$ 70 million was allocated by the Ministry of Education to different schools to help fight the spread of Covid-19,” Steenkamp said. The ministry will, however, no longer avail masks…
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Parents support schools reopening – Ministry … as union approaches Prime Minister again

Parents support schools reopening – Ministry … as union approaches Prime Minister again

Andrew Kathindi The Education Ministry maintains that 64 percent of participants in its survey on the best way to proceed with learning amidst the pandemic indicated a desire to return to face-to-face teaching. This comes as Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU) is set to meet the Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa on Tuesday to voice its displeasure at President Hage Geingob’s announcement that grades 0-9 should reopen for face-to-face teaching on 7 September. According to the Ministry, it received feedback from 18,000 respondents. Of these 8,712 were parents; 4, 778 teachers and 2,820 learners while 1,565 were community members, drawn mostly…
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Walvis Bay, Swakop classes to resume

Walvis Bay, Swakop classes to resume

Staff Writer Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has announced that face-to-face classes for grade 11 and 12 in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Arandis will resume on Monday, the 20th of July despite rising cases of COVID-19 in some of the towns. Walvis Bay is currently the epicenter of COVID-19 cases in the country with 40 out of the 46 cases recorded on Friday being from the costal town. On Wednesday, of the 72 new cases recorded, two were from Swakopmund and 68 were from Walvis Bay. Executive Director in the Education ministry, Sanet Steenkamp said although the return of…
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