Access and Quality
Ensure equity and quality education for all children.
Learners in primary & secondary schools.
Namibia is close to achieve universal primary education, with over 98% net enrolment rate, with gender parity at primary and secondary levels. The remarkable gains in terms of access is the result of high priority accorded to the Education sector in government spending, consistently averaging 22% of national annual budget. Orphans and vulnerable children are also likely to be in school as their peers, which points to the success of on-going government support programmes.
The Education Sector however still grapples with major challenges in delivering quality learning outcomes at all levels. These include high repetition (on average 20% at grades 1, 5 and 8) and dropout rates, resulting in only 57% net enrolment rate at the secondary level. Fewer than half (45%) of Grade 5 learners achieve the expected minimum competency level in Mathematics and English in standardized achievement tests, compared to globally acceptable standard of at least 80%.
Teenage pregnancy and violence in schools also continue to threaten completion of education, particularly for poor and vulnerable children.
The new Education Programme is designed to focus on strengthening MoE capacity to deliver equitable access to quality education as a basic human right. This will be achieved through continued high level advocacy on children’s rights and equity backed-up by technical assistance to support development of innovative approaches .
Data sources: EMIS (2011) EMIS (2009) EMIS (2008) Namibia Demographic and Health Survey 2006/7
By end of 2018 appropriate legislation policies strategic plans and budgets set up and implemented for im-proved teaching and learning outcomes for boys and girls.
Indicator: % of learners achieving basic or above in SAT (English, mathematics and science).
Indicator: Education policy and sector plans stipulate procedures for reporting and taking action against violence in schools (including gender-based violence).
Indicator: Education Management Information System feeds findings back to schools.
Indicator: National MoE strategy for improving transition to secondary education.