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Education sector can use all it gets to improve quality

by Senior Writer Jemima Beukes


School-leavers who are products of the current education system fail to become self-sustainable because the system does not prepare them adequately for the future, says Women Action For Development (WAD) executive director, Veronica de Klerk.
De Klerk made this remark at the handing-over ceremony of computers donated by Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) to WAD (an organisation revered to offer basic training to disadvantaged community members).
She lamented the factors, which compound the state of the country’s current school curricula that simply do not prepare learners adequately to be taken up into job positions after studies.
“We had vocational subjects before independence and many graduates of that system could start up income generating projects but now they cannot because there is no proper foundation that caters for such skills,” De Klerk noted adding: “It is important to get this back, then everyone would be in the fields in which they could fare better, as some are theoretically inclined while others are practical people.”
She also pointed out that the number of available bursaries are not enough to assist students to enter tertiary institutions.
However, according to her, assistance into alternative training organisations as was done by PWC will invariablly give the Namibian youth an opportunity to empower themselves.
De Klerk thus stressed that it is important that the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) assume co-ownership of responsibilites in order to enhance the possibilities of employment for the youth in the labour market.
“This will invariably give the youth an opportunity to empower and equip themselves for a more progressive life; to market themselves more competitively; and to make a leap into the world of modern technology,” de Klerk said.
She further argued that developing the education and training sector would mean an investment in the growth of Namibia’s economy and markets.
“The situation looks grim since our economy grows too slowly to be able to absorb all job-seekers in the near future. It should further be realised that investing in education and training, means investing in the growth of our economy and the growth of the markets,” she asserted.