The Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture says it has highlighted all the factors that contributed to the dismal performance of learners in grades 11 and 12 last year.

Minister Anna Nghipondoka and Deputy Minister Faustina Caley, accompanied by the senior leadership, submitted the report to President Hage Geingob at State House.

Dr. Geingob requested the report from the Minister after more than 80% of the candidates who sat for NSSCO and NSSCAS level exams failed to qualify for admission to tertiary institutions.

The President is yet to pronounce himself on the contents of the Minister's report but is on record as saying that any action taken will be in the interest of all stakeholders in the education sector.

After the closed-door discussions, Deputy Minister Faustina Caley told nbc News that one of the reasons teachers were overwhelmed was overcrowding in classrooms.

Currently, the teacher-learner ratio in government schools is supposed to be 35 learners per teacher.

However, this has not been the case owing to the demand for placements.

Assessments, Caley says, are underway with the new placements at different schools countrywide, and she appealed for calm.

Insufficient funding and teaching and learning support material are also of concern.

Since the announcement of the results, stakeholders in education have indicated that they would want to be part of the discussions to determine the ministry's budgetary needs.

The Education Ministry says engagements with the representative bodies are ongoing.

The Education Ministry is also pinning its hopes for improvement on the recommendations from the national education conference.

The implementation plan is still to be discussed in cabinet.

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