Shortage of art teachers in Namibia

Minister of education, arts and culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has lamented the dire shortage of teachers for the art subject in Namibia which is causing challenges in the effective implementation of the subject in schools.

Speaking at a national information sharing meeting held yesterday, Himarwa said the ministry through the directorate of arts has however established a National Arts Extension Programme (NAEP) through which artists are employed on a part-time basis to address the situation.

“NAEP was established to present arts education at various schools and centres in the region in an effort to address the lack of arts education at most of the schools and to promote arts at community level,” she said.

She said the presentation on arts programme will highlight more on the national arts extension programme and possible strategies to increase the number of qualified arts teachers in the country.

“Arts is a learning area which is essential for a productive society. This learning area comprises Arts (Pre-Primary and Grades 1-11); Visual Arts (Grades 8-9); Integrated Performing Arts (Grades 8-11); and Art and Design (Grades 10-12),” she said.

Himarwa further highlighted the importance of other subjects in the revised curriculum such as technical studies, mathematics, metalwork, technical studies and welding including mathematics saying that they are also crucial for a productive society.

“Woodwork, Building Studies, Motor-Mechanics (Grades 10-11) and Fashion and Fabrics (Grades 8-11). In addition, subjects like Home Ecology (Grades 5-7), Home Economics (Grades 8-11) and Hospitality (Grades 8-11) are also the key for a fruitful society,” she noted.

The Minister explained the importance of mathematics in schools saying that it is an indispensable tool for everyday life and essential for the development of science, technology and commerce in the country.

“Mathematical skills, knowledge, concepts and processes enable the learner to investigate, model and interpret numerical and spatial relationships and patterns that exist in the world. The Mathematics learning area consists of Preparatory Mathematics (Pre-Primary) and Mathematics (Grades 1-12),” she explained.