Namibia National Teacher’s Union (NANTU) appealed to the Prime Minister, Hage Geingob for support regarding the shortage of teachers in the country as well as other education concerns.
The union met Geingob late last week to give him a briefing on pertinent issues and to seek solutions for challenges it faces.
The Secretary General of NANTU, Basilius Haingura, pointed out that the shortage of teachers in the country is a huge challenge, especially at the primary phase.
He added that NANTU is in support of the Swapo Party National Congress’ resolution on the re-introduction of the Education Diploma in Education and requested the PM to support and push for the implementation of this resolution.
Another concern raised by the union is the privatisation of public schools. Haingura said that NANTU is not in support of this action.
“NANTU is urging the Prime Minister to support us in averting this action and advice those who are spearheading those schools to use their own resources but not transform the existing structures of the government,” said Haingura
In response to these issues the Geingob said the supply of teachers is an ongoing process.
He therefore urged NANTU to get involved in encouraging teachers to be committed to the important calling.
He also said that teachers should be appreciated as they are the ones who are laying the foundation.
Geingob also added that the establishment of private schools is allowed as long as they abide to the regulations of the law, however he agrees to the point raised by NANTU.
Geingob further used the Hardap Education Conference as an example of the kind of action that needs to be taken to improve the education in the country.
“We must encourage other regions to do what Hardap did, this is the kind of activeness we need in this country,” said Geingob.
The Hardap Region, with an initiative by the Region’s Governor, Katriena Hanse-Himarwa staged an education conference to probe the shortcomings that led to consistent poor performances of especially their Grade 10 learners over the past few years.
The conference is the second of its kind after the National Education Conference that was held by the Ministry of Education about a year ago.