The Ministry Of Education, Art and Culture has raised concern over Private Schools in Namibia operating without following necessary procedures.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Public Relations Officer Johanna Absalom said in a press release that, many private schools in Namibia have been operating without having to fellow any procedures as stipulated in the education Act No.16 of 2001.
Absalom also mentioned that, “the Act stipulate that any person has the right to establish and maintain a private school at such person’s own expense but, should register the school before education is provided to any person at the school,” adding that, “It is a requirement as per section 42 (1) of the Education Act No 16 of 2001 that an application for registration of a private school must be made to the Minister in the prescribe form”.
The Act also stated that, it is a must and important that the owner of a private school, or his or her representative should obtain a form from the Regional Office and another form which states the regulations.
The Act also emphasised on the importance of the application being completed by the owner together with any attachments and submitted to the Regional Director as well as application forms (Form 4) must be completed by the owner or his or her representative and together with any attachments submitted to the Regional Director as a file.
Absalom further explained in the statement that, the Regional Director on receipt of the application form must appoint an inspection team to visit and inspect the school and verify the correctness of the information provided on Form 4”.
She also mentioned that, the National Examination, Assessment and Certification Board (NEACB) meets three times in a year, therefore, the Regional Directors must ensure that application forms are submitted to the Board before the March, July and October meetings for evaluation and if possible to make a recommendation to the Minister for the registration of a private school.
Absalom said that after handing in the forms applicants should makes sure to consult the National Curriculum for Basic Education to ensure that the correct educational phases and subjects are applied for., stressing that, the above-mentioned procedures for the application of registration of a private school must be followed and adhered too.