This study deals with the perceptions and educational needs of learners at-risk of
developing behaviours that may lead to school failure.
Statement of the Problem: Namibian educators face ongoing pressure to improve
student achievement at grade 10 level. This improvement depends on teachers’ and
parents’ understanding of the educational needs of learners at risk of school failure. The
purpose of this study is to investigate this understanding through the following
1. What are the characteristics that are predictive of school failure?
2. What perceptions do learners at risk of school failure have about themselves?
3. How do teachers and parents describe learners at risk of school failure?
4. How can learners at risk be encouraged to take charge of their own learning?
Methodology: Using a phenomenological approach, 32 grade 10 learners, 10 grade
10 teachers and 10 grade 10 parents of Khomastura Project School in Khomas
educational region, Namibia, were interviewed. In addition, teachers and learners
were observed. The interview transcripts and observation notes were analysed to
reveal the educational needs and perceptions of grade 10 learners at-risk of school
Findings: There were many risks identified. Examples of these were; sexual
pervasion among learners, alcohol and drug abuse by learners, loss of morals and
values and loss of respect and discipline. The study has also revealed constraints
under which these learners learn. Some of these constraints were in the form of
living in overcrowded homes, walking long distances from home to school empty
stomachs, and living with abusive parents or guardians. Their educational needs
included parental support, learning support, motivation, self determination,
appropriate learning and teaching materials, and writing and reading skills in
English. Furthermore, the study showed that the perceptions of these learners on
education ranged from; disinterest in school, lack of understanding of the role of
education in life, and lack of a vision or goals to be achieved in life. These and other
findings are analysed, interpreted and discussed in this thesis
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