Students scramble for a place at Namcol to improve their grades

Registration for the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) have started yesterday, Monday, 16 January. It seems this year there could be logistical problems at the Coastal High School in Swakopmund, as there are so many ex-learners trying to register for 2017 to obtain higher Grade 12 symbols.

On Monday, when the registration for Namcol Grade 10 and 12 learners officially opened at 14:00, over 200 learners flocked to Coastal High School in the hope of registering for 2017.
The situation is uncertain for many. Prospective learners feel they might not get space this year. Concerns are high, especially for those first time candidates. It is also sad to say that many prospective applicants are ill-mannered and are jumping queue’s in a desperate attempt of obtaining registration.
“I came to Coastal High at 09:00 this morning to find out what time the registration was starting. Then I noticed people were already queuing for registration. I decided to stay”, said one patient prospective applicant.
“I was one of the first people in the queue, but here I am, it is 15:35. I have not received a registration form yet, because there is no order here. People who feel they are stronger came to push their way in” said a Grade 12 learner who wishes to upgrade her marks.
Another learner said she would rather go to Walvis Bay to register, because one of the subjects she wants to register for have limited space. Looking at the number of people between her and the first person in the queue, she felt it was hopeless to stand and wait.
“One reason I prefer Walvis Bay is because the registration locations are divided.
Registration for Grade 10 is not at the same centre as grade 12” she explained.
The registration for Namcol ends on 8 February.

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