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DPPE (Pre-Primary)

Information


In a move to improve the overall results of learners across the country, The Ministry of Education has introduced a compulsory Grade 0 attendance in all primary schools, in all the regions of Namibia. 

In order to support the Ministry's Vision 2030 educational goals, the Institute of Open Learning (IOL) embarked on developing a Namibian Diploma in Pre-Primary Education (DPPE). This course is now offered by IOL to teachers and in all the regions of the country through a distance-learning program. 

A solid infrastructure allows IOL to help their students by setting up Student Support Centres at all their regional offices. These Centres help teachers who have experience in teaching but lack the proper credentials to obtain a valuable qualification in form of a DPPE.  


The DPPE course offered by IOL is a local solution to a local problem. Many teachers are situated in rural areas where a tertiary education is inaccessible or unaffordable and the the DPPE IOL Distance Learning Program addresses this need. Whereas most distance learning colleges rely on South African curriculum, this program is designed specifically in line with the Ministry of Education's standards and curriculums. 

IOL meets the career aspirations of people who never had the chance to fulfill their dreams in becoming qualified teachers. The main challenge will be to maintain and improve the standard of the courses and meet overall educational objectives in order to equip, educate and empower administrators, staff and teachers to improve the quality of education in Namibia.

Registration

Registration takes place throughout the year. However, students who enrol before 01 February of each year, write their first exam in June of the same year. Students who enrol before 01 July of each year write their first exam in November of the same year. 

Semesters are structured as follows: 

1) 1 December -> end April 

2) 1 May -> end November 

Please indicate on the registration form, which examination centres/venues (from the list provided) you wish to write examinations at.  The first examination opportunity depends on when the registration is finalized. Make sure you select the mother tongue of your choice by ticking the appropriate box on the application.

Admission Requirements

After registration is approved at IOL Head Office, you should receive your study materials within three (3) weeks. Please contact the Head Office if you haven’t received your materials within this time slot.  Compare the study materials you receive with the check list

To qualify for admission to the ‘Diploma in Pre-Primary Education’ an applicant shall satisfy any one of the following minimum requirements (a) OR (b):

  • (a)   The admission to a Diploma requires a score of 22 points in the 5 best school subjects. The following will be taken into consideration when computing the point scores according to the grade evaluation table further on:
    • Be a holder of a Namibian Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) ordinary or recognised equivalent with a minimum of 22 points in five subjects according to an admission scale.
    • One of the five subjects must be English NSSC Ordinary (English as a Second Language) obtained with a grade C minimum or English as First language with grade D
    • A second one of the five best subjects must be NSSC Ordinary Mathematics obtained with grade D
    • It is recommended that another one of the five best subjects is a Mother Tongue or
    • Standard 10 Senior Secondary School Certificate

OR

  • (b)   Meet the requirements of mature age entry which means:
    • A student should be at least 25 years old on the day of registration
    • Should have completed successfully junior secondary education (Standard 8 or Grade 10)
    • Has at least 2 years of relevant teaching experience
    • Has a ‘letter of recommendation’ from a management member of the school where h/she was teaching to identify the suitability of a candidate as a teacher
    • Pass oral and written tests relevant to being a teacher on a 50% level
  • General admission regulations that apply to both the above admission options:
    • Places will be awarded on the basis of merit in the case of over subscription.
    • IOL reserves the right to conduct further admission tests such as interviews or aptitude tests

Course Outline

YEAR 1

SEMESTER 0NE (1)

English and Academic Communication Skills 1

DPP-EACS 11

Computer Literacy

DPP-CL 11

Mother Tongue Literacy and Development 1

DPP-MTLD 11

Life Orientation and Life Skills 1

DPP-LOLS 11

Visual Art

DPP-VA 11

Children’s Literature and Reading Support

DPP-CLRS 11




SEMESTER TWO (2)

English and Academic Communication Skills 2

DPP-EACS 12

Computer Literacy

DPP-CL 12

Mother Tongue Literacy and Development 2

DPP-MTLD 12

Life Orientation and Life Skills 2

DPP-LOLS 12

Music and Drama

DPP-MD 12

Physical and Health Education 1

DPP-PHE 12

School Based Studies Phase 1

DPP-SBS 12


YEAR 2

SEMESTER 0NE (1)

Mother Tongue Literacy and Development 3

DPP-MTLD 21

Learner Development and Learning

DPP-LDL 21

Education Foundation 1

DPP-EF 21

Classroom Teaching and Management

DPP-CTM 21

Physical and Health Education 2

DPP-PHE 21

Environmental Education 1

DPP-EE 21

Numeracy and Mathematics 1

DPP-NM 21


SEMESTER TWO (2)

Inclusive Education and Specific Difficulties

DPP-IESD 22

Education Foundation 2

DPP-EF 22

Assessment and Evaluation

DPP-AE 22

Teaching-Learning Resources 1

DPP-TLR 22

Environmental Education 2

DPP-EE 22

Numeracy and Mathematics 2

DPP-NM 22

School Based Studies Phase 2

DPP-SBS 22


YEAR 3


SEMISTER 0NE (1)

Introduction to Education Research

DPP-IER 31

Educational Management 1

DPP-EM 31

Environmental Education 3

DPP-EE 31

Numeracy and Mathematics 3

DPP-NM 31

Teaching-Learning Resources 2

DPP-TLR 31

Basic First Aid

DPP-BFA 31


SEMISTER TWO (2)

Learning Support in Mathematics

DPP-LSM 32

Counseling and Learner Support

DPP-CLS 32

English 2nd Language Teaching

DPP-E2LT 32

Educational Management 2

DPP-EM 32

Professional and Community Development

DPP-PCD 32

School Based Studies Phase 3

DPP-SBS 32


Contact Classes

IOL provides Diploma in Pre-Primary Education (DPPE) students with the opportunity to attend various "contact classes" throughout the year. The classes, which are held in all the local regions on the Saturday of each week, help students prepare for their exams. 

During these sessions students meet with relevant, subject specialists who give them advice on assignments, feedback regarding completed assignments and academic guidance partianing to study materials. The “Lync” is a newly introduced contact classes system that was launched this year. Classes are contacted in Windhoek and transferred to big screens at the regional IOL offices. This is advantageous to both the Institution and the students. Students in all regions thus receive similar lesson contents and summaries. The lessons will be recorded and uploaded on the IOL website Student Portal for student reference. It is very important that students come to contact sessions after thorough preparation.

Students who attend contact classes will be provided with contact details for tutors specific to their courses. The clases are set-up as follows: 

  • The Vacation School contact classes. These contact classes will take place only in Windhoek and Ongwediva. The main focus of these sessions will be on subjects’ contents and pedagogies.
  • The Assignment-based contact sessions: These contact sessions will be orientated to toward helping students with the problems they encountered whilst completing assignments and takes place countrywide. 
  • The Exam-based contact sessions to be presented at all regions. These are exam orientated, thus, exam scopes and any other related issues can be discussed here. Exam scopes will be available for all tutors at the most applicable time.
  • The Subject contact classes. These contact classes are aimed at having discussions related to subject content and will be presented at all regions.

Please see the contact classes time table for more information.

Venues

Region

Venue

Keetmanshoop

IOL – Office

Walvis Bay

IOL – Office 

Rundu

IOL – Office

Katima mulilo

IOL – Office

Ongwendiva

IOL – Office

Windhoek

IOL – Office


Assignment Based Contact Classes Timetable (Date 09-12-2013)

Venue: IOL Regional Offices

Year: 1 & 2

Semester: 1 & 2

Mode of presentation: LYNC

SUBJECT NAME

TUTORS

08:00-08:50

Music and Drama

(DPP-MD12)

J Moyo

09:00-09:50

Mother Tongue Literacy & Development 3

( DPP-MT3Eng)

T Chunga

10:00-10:50

Mother Tongue Literacy & Development 1

( DPP-MT1Eng)

AN Botha

11:00-11:50

Mother Tongue Literacy & Development 2

( DPP-MT2Eng)

AN Botha

12:00-12:50

Physical & Health Education 1

( DPP-PHE 12)

G Siririka

13:00-13:50

Physical & Health Education 2

( DPP-PHE 21)

G Siririka

14:00-14:50

Classroom Teaching and Management

( DPP-CTM21)

C Omalu (Lydia Kauari)

15:00-15:50

Education Foundation 1

( DPP-EF21)

C. Omalu

16:00-16:50

Learner Development & Learning

( DPP-LDL - 21)

C Omalu (Lydia Kauari)

17:00-17:50

Education Foundation 2

( DPP-EF22)

C. Omalu

18:00-18:50





Assignments

Each student has to submit a minimum required amount of assignments to qualify for exams. (Please see the minimum requirements for assignments to qualify for the examination sessions).

Assessment policy

Continuous assessment per semester module consists of one assignment of 120 marks for modules of 12 credits.

  • A 50% semester / continuous assessment mark is required for admission to examinations.
  • Where practical work is applicable, a 60% pass is required and such work could account for 50% of the continuous assessment mark.
  • The duration of the examination for 12 credits is one x 2 and a half hour written examination of 120 marks.
  • A final pass mark of 50% is required, calculated by 60% of the examination mark and 40% of the semester / continuous assessment mark. A sub-minimum of 50% must be attained in the examination.
  • The setting and marking of examination papers are moderated

Closing Dates for All Assignments

IOL requires of students to complete assignments within a stipulated time-frame reasonable to the type of course, subject and assignment. Assignments can be found in the tutorial notes. All students are responsible of handing their assignments in on time (Please see due date of assignments). Assignments received by IOL after the closing date will be marked for the following semester and the student will be allowed to write examination in the following semester only.

All assignments must be sent through the registered mail or courier to, or submitted and signed for at, any IOL regional office for distribution and assessment.

In order to ensure that assignments reach the Institute for Open Learning safely, Students should do one of the following:

  • Mail the  original assignment per registered mail (keep a copy) to:
    Institute for Open Learning
    Private Bag 15007
    Katutura
    Windhoek
  • Use a courier service and courier the original to:
    Institute for Open Learning
    c/o Robert Mugabe & Uhland Street
    Trustco (North) Building, 1st Floor
    Windhoek
  • Deliver the assignment to any one of our regional offices:
    Windhoek
    Katima Mulilo
    Rundu
    Ongwediva
    Walvis Bay
    Keetmanshoop


If assignments are handed in at any one of the above-mentioned offices, please make sure that you get the acknowledgement slip to take home with you. This will be proof of your date of submission.

Student Support

To support students during their studies, IOL offers the following Student Support Services:

  • A unique e-mail address – this is an excellent communication tool enabling students to communicate worldwide.
  • Call Centre – 061 275 4444
  • Golden Student Card – for access to Student Support Centres
  • Monthly questions and answers service in the Informante
  • IOL Information Booklets
  • Access to the Resource Centre Library containing study guides, textbooks and recommended reference books.
  • Free photocopy and fax services.
  • Free internet access (including the IOL website – www.iol.na)
  • Friendly environment to study
  • IOL coordinators to assist students with their studies at the Resource Centres
  • Computers to type assignments
  • Weekly contact classes
  • Notes from tutors distributed in contact classes and on the Student Portal
  • A complete set of DVDs containing face-to-face contact classes on all subjects
  • Access to old assignments and examination papers via the Student Portal
  • Contact with tutors between 18:00 and 20:00 weekdays
  • Student support counselor to assist students with any socio-economic or education related problems

Examination

  • Examination venues are indicated on the application forms. Please see the list below for more information on this.
  • If a student wants to change the venue where they have an exam scheduled, they should apply accordingly a month before the exam date. 
  • Examinations are written in May/June (first semester), and August/September (second semester), every year.
  • Contact: Tel.: 061-2754353, for more information regarding examinations and venues.


Examination venues

examination Venues

Oshakati: Mweshipandeka SS Outapi:
Omusati Youth Centre
Ondangwa:
Heroes PS
Walvis Bay:
Stardust Hall
Khorixas:
Trc
Katima Mulilo:
Caprivi College of Education
Rundu:
Noordgrens
Windhoek:
Dawid Bezuidenhoudt SS
Keetmanshoop:
Iol Office
Opuwo:
Trc
Grootfontein:
Fridrich Awaseb SS
Otjiwarongo:
Paresis SS
Okakarara:
Okakarara SS
Gobabis:
Trc
Omaruru:
Library
Luderitz:
Helen V Rhijn PS
Karasburg:
Trc
Usakos:
Usakos SS
Mariental:
Mariental SS
Rehoboth:
Trc


Student can write examination ONLY at the examination venue indicated on your Admission Permit. Students should read and understand all exam specifications and instructions before writing and exam. 

Termination

The Diploma in Pre-Primary Education is a three (3) year course. However, as part time student studying distance mode, four (4) years are accorded to complete the course.

Students should take note that if they fail to successfully complete the course within the four (4) years, their studies will be permanently terminated.

Graduation

The institute for Open Learning graduation ceremony is held in November. This is only done in Windhoek and Ongwediva. Students chose the venue of their preference and confirm with the office for proper placement.

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DPPE (Pre-Primary) Info Booklet (4.8Mb)