with only a Grade 10 certificate in her name, Godfriedine Hambira has been a lower primary teacher in Omaheke Region for 11 years until a week ago when she was fired.
She has taught at almost all the schools in the region and wa recently at Okovimburu Primary School in Epukiro.
“I have taught from Otjinene, Otjombinde to Gobabis.
After helping them for 11 years, they just fired me from being a teacher to being a matron, because they got someone with qualifications.
I have the experience and in 1995, I completed my Grade 12 at Paresis Secondary School but failed by two points to get my certificate,” said Hambira.
The Deputy Director of Education in Omaheke Region, Peka Semba, told The Villager that they use the services of under-qualified teachers in schools when graduates with diplomas or degrees are reluctant to apply in rural areas thereby forcing the ministry to recruit Grade 12 leavers but he said Grade 10 is way too low a level.
The Ministry of Education has designed staff development programmes to upgrade teachers referred to as ‘under-qualified’ but Hambira failed to register.
“I was aware of the programs but I did not have registration fees.
But this year, I registered for one subject (entrepreneurship) at Namcol,” said Hambira.
“Mrs Hambira was an unqualified teacher and I don’t know how she got into teaching with poor qualifications.
What matters is that we discovered her scheme and we will not allow her to continue teaching; she had an opportunity to further her studies but she never took it,” concluded Semba.