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Cabinet approves committees' formation


by Shasimana Uugulu
Education

 

Cabinet has approved the establishment of two committees to implement the recommendations made at the education conference as well as monitor and evaluate the implementation process. The two committees namely the High Level Team and the Implementation Committee will formulate policies and oversee the implementation process respectively.The High Level Team committee will be chaired by the Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo; and with members that include his deputy, Dr David Namwandi; University of Namibia Vice Chancellor, Lazarus Hangula; Polytechnic Vice Rector, Tjama Tjivikua; International University of Management (IUM) Vice Chancellor, Virginia Namwandi; and representatives from Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU), Namibia National Students Organisation (NANSO) and the private sector.  The committee will be in charge of policy development, monitoring and evaluation.The implementation Committee will be headed by the Permanent Secretary of Education. Alfred Ilukena and will report every quarter to the High Level Team committee on the implementation progress.Members to the Implementation committee include the Deputy Permanent Secretary, heads of relevant departments in the Education Ministry, National Training Authority (NTA), Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol) and non-governmental partners. Furthermore, Cabinet has also directed the Ministry of Education to organise workshops in all the regions through the Regional Education Forums and under the leadership of the regional councils to develop priority checklists for the implementation of the recommendations.The Villager is in possession of a copy of directives by the Cabinet which further stipulates that the Ministry of Education should prioritise the provision of electricity to Government schools. Moreover, to get rid of waste and additional expenses, the Cabinet has directed the Minister of Education to submit a list of ghost teachers identified by the Ministry to the President and also to re-look at the enrolment of foreign nationals into Namibian schools who are allegedly benefiting from students’ financial assistance scheme at the expense of Namibians. When it comes to early childhood development, Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare in consultation with the Ministry of Education to develop funding and capacity building mechanisms for Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme and ECD caregivers in the short term.Cabinet has also directed the Ministry of Education to budget through normal budget procedures for 2012/2013 to expand the national school feeding programme, construct boarding schools in flood prone areas, increase funding for the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund and build more classrooms.In terms of teachers’ shortages, Cabinet directed the Education Ministry to recruit teachers, including retired teachers and qualified teachers from friendly countries.