The Ministry of Education is now enforcing regulations to the naming and renaming of schools and the regulations will also include the processing of donations to different schools.
All schools willing to elect a new patron who is in most cases responsible for looking for financial assistance for the school will also have to go through the scrutiny of regional education officers and eventually the line ministry.
This was announced was made by Education Minister Dr. Abraham Iyambo at 3pm today, following a feud that nearly derailed the future of learners in the North at Haihambo Primary school, where the principal, Rosalia Ndamanomhata had adopted the name of opposition party leader, Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) President Hidipo Hamutenya as their patron.
“The Ministry has noted that of late some schools have not been following criteria when receiving donations from well wishers and also when naming and renaming of schools. This has been confused caused by the haphazard and ill-planning,” said Iyambo, who was forced to travel to Haihambo.
Ndamanomhata was later transferred.
Added Iyambo, “Donations now have to be done either through the School Development Fund and or the state. In the case of the donation being done directly to the school, details of the donation and financial impact of the donation to the receiving institution must be well documented and forwarded to the regional education officer for consideration. Also in case where the donation is made to the state the Minister of Finance have will have the details of the form of donation and also the details of the person or institution donating kept down.”
The new regulation is part of the cabinet directive approved yesterday. Ends//TM