Elise went to school at the Onguti Secondary School where she failed Grade 12 with 17 points, came to Windhoek, enrolled for the PETE programme, and today she is aiming to do her Biomedical studies at a university in Cape Town. She enjoyed her time at NAMCOL and feels that the teachers at the PETE programme did much more than her teachers back home. “Had I been taught some of the things I was taught at NAMCOL, I would have passed Grade 12 the first time around”, she added.
She urges everybody, especially young people, to enrol with NAMCOL as she claims, that the other institutions out there are only after money and NAMCOL is cheaper, the teachers work harder and if you work hard, your results will improve. “The results published earlier this year proved that NAMCOL is not a place for failures!”
Kareree, a learner from Opuwo failed Grade 12 at Augustinium High School in 2008 with a meagre 16 points,yet today, she is enrolled at the University of Namibia (UNAM) where she is studying for an Engineering Degree. She fell, stood up and enrolled in the Namibian College of Open Learning’s (NAMCOL) Pre-entry to Tertiary Education (PETE) Programme in 2009 and at the end, obtained 31 points, a far-cry from where she was a year earlier.Hard work and dedication helped Kareree achieve this feat. If one looks at her symbols for the four subjects she re-took, namely English and Mathematics she improved from a D to a C symbol respectively. Physical Science she improved from an E to a B symbol and Biology from an F to an A. She did exceptionally well.
The PETE programme focuses on the following key subjects: English 2nd Language, Mathematics, Biology and Physical Science. Basic computer training is also offered under this package.
NAMCOL is the “People’s College” and its record since its inception in 1998, speaks for itself. Operating under the auspices of Ministry of Education, NAMCOL has surprised friend and foe with its results and innovations, especially in the open and distance learning field where it has not only taken its rightful place in Southern Africa region where it is considered as a leading Institution but also world wide.
This is manifested in the various international awards it has received in open and distance learning (for being an Institution of excellence and for best interactive web-based lessons), as well as local accolades it continuously receives from current and former learners.
NAMCOL started off by providing secondary education to those who could not attend the formal system, but today it offers education to the masses with an average annual enrolment of 28 000. In addition, NAMCOL offers professional development courses to Namibians in careers such as local and regional government, community and youth development, business management, early childhood development as well as addressing the needs of the orphans and vulnerable members of our communities.
In short, NAMCOL is fillig the void left by the colonial dispensation in terms of equitable provision of education. NAMCOL is now firmly addressing the socio-economic circumstances of our people by taking education to the people.
NAMCOL, with its dedicated and well-trained academic full-time and part-time staff, has provided a platform for the learners to reach their dreams.
You can fulfill your dreams by enrolling in 2011 at NAMCOL. For more information contact your nearest NAMCOL Centre.
“I completed Grade 12 with NAMCOL last year and I am now studying towards a Teaching Diploma at UNAM. NAMCOL has afforded me the opportunity to achieve what I always wanted in life. When I failed Grade 12, the College proved to be the key to further my education and I am grateful. One thing, though, it is very affordable!”
Absalom feels that NAMCOL is a good institution but that many people fail due to their challenges and constraints at home. He feels NAMCOL should provide education to its learners which will help make them employable, such as adding vocational subjects to its programmes. “Look at me, I graduated from the Polytechnic but I am still job-hunting.
Petrus Iita and Malakia Mweendeleni
“The PETE programme gave us direction and we were motivated to do our best to such an extent that we can compete with any students from the best schools in Namibia.” These young men are a testimony of hard work and perseverance and would recommend NAMCOL and especially the PETE programme to anyone as they are busy studying at UNAM. Petrus wants to be the best laboratory scientist that Namibia has, while Malakia wants to be a medical doctor. “People who say that NAMCOL is for failures do not know what they are talking about. The College provided us with an opportunity to improve our marks and gave learners like us, the chance to become productive citizens of the country,” the young men testified.