Schools invited to visit floating book fair at Walvis Bay


President Nangolo Mbumba says reading is a gateway to knowledge, a catalyst for imagination, and a cornerstone of education.

Speaking at the opening of the world's largest floating book fair, Logos Hope at Walvis Bay, Dr. Mbumba said reading books opens doors to new ideas and broadens one's perspective.

Represented by the Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, the president urged parents and guardians to instill a love for reading books in their children as early as possible.

Recruitment drive for Namcol CEO at advanced stage


The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, says the recruitment process for Namcol's Chief Executive Officer is nearing a conclusion.

She said a formal submission has since been made to the ministry by the board.

Nghipondoka was responding to a query from Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Hidipo Hamata about the timeline for the selection process.

Education staff implored to efficiently utilise funds


The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, has implored education staff to efficiently utilise funds for quality education.

Nghipondoka was speaking at the finalisation and validation of annual work plans for the financial year 2024–25.

Reflecting on the previous year, Nghipondoka highlighted the importance of efficiency in implementing programmes despite an 85% performance improvement.

The minister says that when schools are allocated funds for UPEs, stationaries, and the execution of duties, they should be used efficiently. 

Elias Amxab Combined School to receive new classrooms


The government will construct four classrooms at Elias Amxab Combined School in Sesfontein.

Situated in one of the deepest parts of the Kunene Region, Sesfontein, Elias Amxab Combined School has 815 learners.

The school looked much better compared to our last visit.

Education, Arts, and Culture Minister Anna Nghipondoka encouraged teachers and learners to continue with teaching and learning despite the circumstances.

For the six groups of classes that are currently being taught outside, the government will construct four classrooms.

Nghipondoka not impressed with fake hostel fee claims gone viral


The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, has denounced a viral video that alleges that management of the Nehale Senior Secondary School yesterday sent back 100s of learners due to unpaid hostel fees.

The minister visited the school this morning to ascertain herself with  the situation on the ground. 

Only about 20 learners who had outstanding hostel fees had been asked to go and call their parents so that they could come to make payment arrangements with the school.

Nghipondoka says exam results cause anxiety among learners


The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, says exam results cause anxiety amongst learners and that they need support at all times. 

Nghipondoka said this after an incident where a 17-year-old male learner, Shatiwa Nghifilenga, allegedly committed suicide after failing Grade 11.

She urged learners to have a positive mindset that, after failure, there can also be success.

2023 examination results improve by 3.2%


The number of school-leavers who qualify for admission at institutions of higher learning has increased by 3.2%.

The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, announced the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary (NSSCO) and Advanced Subsidiary Levels (NSSCAS) results this morning.

The 3.2% is a notable improvement after the poor 2022 results.

At the NSSCO full-time level, 29.4%, comprising 11,970 candidates, have secured 25 points or above in five subjects, resulting in a 14.1% improvement from 2022.

Education Ministry explains provision of sanitary materials in schools


The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, has presented the provisions, systems, and processes designed to provide sanitary materials to underprivileged schoolgirls across schools in Namibia.

Nghipondoka pointed out that the Basic Education Act of 2020 contains explicit provisions for giving sanitary materials to girls in schools.

Over 300 students graduate at NAMCOL


Graduation is not an end in itself, but a new beginning in self-challenge.

This was the message at the Namibian College of Open Learning's (NAMCOL) graduation ceremony, where 330 students reaped the fruits of their hard work.

Students received certificates, diplomas, and degrees in sign language interpretation, local government studies, early childhood development studies, pre-primary education, and entrepreneurship.

Institutions urged to promote career guidance


The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, has stressed that career guidance programmes should provide learners with information based on the needs of the country.

Nghipondoka was speaking at the Ritja Career Fair at Otjiwarongo.

Career paths or fairs are becoming popular across the country to help learners make informed decisions about their future studies and career paths.

The Education, Arts and Culture Minister, Anna Nghipondoka, says most learners end up in careers that are already concentrated.