NAMCOL offers the following basic package of services to all learners enrolled for JSC and NSSCO subjects:
• A Five-hour orientation workshop;
• Copy of the NAMCOL Good Study Guide;
• A full set of NAMCOL study guides and/or textbooks for each subject;
• Five hours of face-to-face tuition per week in each subject for JSC;
• Three hours of face-to-face tuition per week in each subject for NSSCO;
• Two vacation workshops every year (for those learners who cannot attend the weekly tutorial sessions);
• Three assignments; and
• Self-supervised study halls (where available).
Besides the above, learners have access to web-based reading materials (http//www.namcol.edu.na) and educational radio and television programmes on various radio and television stations. These programmes are developed with ﬁnancial support from the Ministry of Education, and are screened on local TV stations and aired on national, local and community radio stations during the academic year. Schedules are made available to learners and members of the public prior to the commencement broadcasts.
Orientation Workshop: An orientation workshop is conducted at the beginning of each academic year to familiarise learners with operational procedures and the academic programme for the year.
NAMCOL Good Study Guide: The Good Study Guide provides guidance to the learners on how to learn through open and distance education. It explains some of the techniques and study skills that can be used by an open and distance education learner. It contains important information and hints on how to prepare for and take examinations.
Study Materials: Materials for different subjects are presented in books referred to as study guides and modules. These materials have special features to ensure that they are easy to read and understand.
The study guides are the basic instructionsfor the course. All study guides or textbooksfor each subject are given out at enrolment.
Tuition: NAMCOL has more than 100 tuition centres across the country. Tuition is provided to learners throughout the academic year in weekly face-to-face tutorial sessions.These sessions are conducted over 26 weeks of the academic year (15 February to 22 September 2016). NSSCO learners receive three hours of face-to-face tuition per week in each subject, while JSC learners receive
five hours of face-to-face tuition per week in each subject.
Vacation Workshops: Vacation workshops are organised for non-contact learners. These are offered at a limited number of centres throughout the country. These workshops are organised twice a year during school holidays.
At these workshops, learners have the opportunity to meet tutors and fellow learners, clarify their queries, ask tutors questions about the subjects they are studying and receive advice from NAMCOL staff. All vacation workshops are organised by NAMCOL`s Regional ofﬁcials and are conducted in the different regions. The workshops are held at no extra cost to the non-contact learners. However, learners must make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.
First workshop: 23 - 27 May 2016
Second workshop: 22 - 28 August 2016
Assignments: Assignments are used to help the learners to master the subject contents, and to make a success of their studies. Learners are urged to do their best when answering assignments. Every year new assignments are prepared and learners receive these along with the study guides upon enrolment. Learners may only submit assignments for the current academic year. Assignments should be completed for every subject the learner enrolled for.
Learners should submit their assignments to tutors of that speciﬁc subject at the centre. Learners are encouraged to discuss the assignments with other learners or to ask for help from other people such as teachers. However, learners must remember that the assignment must be their own work. If an irregularity of any kind is noted, the assignment will be returned to the learner unmarked. The tutors at the centres mark the assignments. Tutors will provide feedback on the marked assignments immediately after the marking process.
Assignment 3 will be used for self-evaluation and examination preparation.
IMPORTANT: The Mock Examination that takes place in the second semester will replace Assignment 3.
The Marks Accumilated for Assignment 1 and 2 plus the Mock Examination marks will constitute the Continuous Assesment Mark.
Deadlines for submission of assignments in 2016 for Secondary Education:
Assignment 1: Thursday, 17 March 2016
Assignment 2: Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Assignment 3: Wednesday, 22 June 2016
Deadlines for submission of assignments in 2016 for English Communication Course:
Assignment 1: Thursday, 17 March 2016
Assignment 2: Wednesday, 20 April 2016
Assignment 3: Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Assignments submitted after the deadlines will not be accepted by the tutors for marking.
Assignments should NOT be mailed to NAMCOL Head ofﬁce, Regional Ofﬁce or any NAMCOL Centre. Assignments mailed will not be marked. Assignments without original NAMCOL covers, full names, and date of birth, addresses and learner numbers will not be accepted.
Learners must make sure that full names, date of birth, address and learner number are written clearly in the space provided on the original assignment cover.
NB: Marked assignments will be returned with a memorandum which gives suggested answers to questions in a particular assignment.
Important: Submit your assignments to the relevant Tutor/Assignment coordinator at the centre where you have enrolled.
Study Halls/Venue: Study halls or venues are organised where learners can study on their own at the centre. Learner Representative Councils and Heads of Centres co-ordinate the organisation of these study halls. Learners may use these study halls to do their homework and assignments as well as prepare for the next contact session.
Radio Talks: Radio talks are organised for English language lessons during the English weeks through the NBC radio station. The English weeks take place during the ﬁrst week of every month for six months commencing in March and ending in August every year. This initiative is complemented by the essay-writing competition for NAMCOL learners in Grades 10 and 12.
Web-based Materials: Web-based lessons are now available for JSC and NSSC(O) Physical Science, Mathematics, JSC/NSSC English, JSC Geography and JSC Life Science on NAMCOL’s website (http//www.namcol.edu.na). This initiative was supported with funding from UNESCO. Lessons do not cover the full scope of the syllabus, but rather focus on key problem areas. Additional information can also be accessed at NoteMaster e-learning platform.
Radio/television lessons: This initiative is aimed at adding value and additional support to the print-based materials provided to learners in both Grade 10 and Grade 12. NAMCOL manages the implementation of this project on behalf of the Ministry of Education and other partners.
Resource Centres/NOLNet Centres: For additional reading materials, learners can also make use of the NOLNet centres. NOLNet stands for the Namibian Open Learning Network Trust, a charitable trust which aims to promote Open and Distance Learning in Namibia through sharing of resources and expertise. All government-funded ODL institutions in Namibia are part of NOLNet: NAMCOL, the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED), Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN), the University of Namibia (UNAM) as well as the Ministry of Education. NAMCOL learners can make use of any of these resource centres. Registered learners pay a minimum charge for the use of facilities such as the Internet, fax machines, printing and copying of documents.
Examination booklets: Compilations of past national examination papers with answers and extended explanations are additional resources to assist learners in their examination preparation. Examination booklets for higher level are also available in some subjects. These are available at the NAMCOL bookshops.
Continuous assessment: This forms part of the studies and is important because it enables learners to assess their academic
progress throughout the year.
Assignments are an important component of continuous assessment. The marks awarded for assignments will count towards the continuous assessment marks. The final mark for each subject is the total of the continuous assessment mark PLUS the examination mark.
NAMCOL hands out new assignments every year. A learner may only submit assignments for the current academic year in order to receive a continuous assessment mark. All assignments must be completed
in full and handed in to the tutors before or on the due date. A learner will receive incomplete results if he/she fails to hand in assignments.
All NSSCO learners must complete and hand in three assignments for marking. By doing so, they will receive valuable guidelines that will help them to be more successful in their studies. For languages, NAMCOL learners are required to do oral work, which will be assessed by trained officials at examination centres in each NAMCOL region. Learners registered for Agriculture must do practical work under the supervision of qualified teachers. The dates for the oral assessments are indicated in the DNEA examination booklet. Further information on times and venues can be obtained from the respective NAMCOL regional offices.
The JSC and NSSCO examinations take place in October/November every year. The National Examinations, Assessment and Certification Board of Namibia laid down the requirements for registration to sit for the JSC and NSSCO examinations. Such requirements change from time to time, hence learners are advised to consult the DNEA booklet on examinations. More information can be obtained from the heads of the local examination centres or the Examinations Officers at the regional offices of the Ministry of Education.
Examinations are the responsibility of DNEA and not of NAMCOL. (Refer to the DNEA booklet on examination information.) Some of the important points are reproduced here
Examination registration for Grade 10 (JSC) and Grade 12 (NSSCO) usually takes place between February and April each year. Registration after the specified period calls for a late registration fee if late registration takes place.
Learners must register and pay for the examination at their nearest examination centres. After paying the fees, learners should complete the examination registration form and hand it in to the head of the examination centre.
Learners should take their identity documents (ID, passport, birth certificate or certified copies of any of these) for registration. Learners must also take the NAMCOL payment receipt. This is to confirm that they are enrolled with NAMCOL.
It is vital that learners fill in the form completely and accurately. They are responsible for the correctness of their personal and subject entry details. When registering for each subject, it is important that learners use the correct subject codes or option codes in the spaces provided on the form.
From the middle of June onwards, the preliminary registration list is available at each examination centre. Learners must go to the centres before the end of June to check whether their personal information is correct. This is the last chance for them to rectify any errors, for example wrong birth dates, wrong subjects and so forth.
1. Learners who enrolled for JSC English, Afrikaans or another Namibian Home language must sit for the fourth examination paper on literature. Please contact the Head of the Examination Centre to find out when to sit for this paper.
2. NSSC Agriculture consists of 3 compulsory examination papers:
Paper 1: Multiple choice questions
Paper 2: Structured questions
Paper 3: Practical Assessment: It is very important for learners to know that the Practical Assessment (Paper 3) should be done through face-to-face sessions conducted throughout the year. Each learner is required to carry out practical exercises of which 5 should be assessed by a tutor as part of Paper 3. Learners who fail to carry out these exercises will get an incomplete result.
3.All NSSC language first-time takers are required to do Oral Assessment early in September. However, re-sit candidates may transfer the marks from the previous year (2013).
4. Learners must sit for all examination papers, otherwise they will obtain an incomplete result.(Please consult the DNEA booklet for further information in this regard.)
Centre Management Committee: To increase community participation and involvement in NAMCOL activities, the institution has made provision for the establishment of Centre Management Committees. These committees, consisting of community leaders, parents, Head Of Centre, tutors and learners assist in the running of the tuition centre. Some of the other key functions of these Committees are:
• Administration of the centre’s budget;
• Organising self-help study groups for learners; and
• Fundraising for the centres.
Learner Representative Councils: Every tuition centre must have a Learner Representative Council (LRC), which gives the learners an opportunity to get involved in the running of their centre and in NAMCOL activities. The NAMCOL Act makes provision for the establishment of a National Learners’ Representative Council to be recognised by the NAMCOL Board. Establishing LRCs at every centre is the first step towards this goal.
A LRC consists of at least seven members nominated by the learners at the centre. The selection is made by secret ballot. Any registered learner at the centre is eligible for election to the LRC. All learners enrolled at the centre are entitled to vote.
The LRCs play an important role in:
NAMCOL realised the importance of Information and Communication Technologies as part of our secondary education offering. With this in mind the College opened computer centres at Windhoek, Ongwediva,Katima Mulilo, Rundu, Otjiwarongo, Gobabis, Ondangwa, Outapi, Eenhana and Keetmanshoop. Computer classes are offered to members of the public and NAMCOL learners.