The president of Teacher’s Union of Namibia, Mohongora Kavihuha, has rubbished the notion that the lack of teacher supervision has been an issue. This follows consultative discussions by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to find issues in and review Act 16, Education Act of 2001.
Part of the issues discussed within these consultative meetings with regards to teachers were a lack of a professional and independent body to regulate the teaching profession, development and capacity enhancement. Furthermore, a lack of institutional support supervision and protection in classroom management Kavihuha rubbishes teacher policing for teachers.
However, Kavihuha has dismissed this, stating, “That is nonsense. What is needed is a professional body to deal with the management of teachers, during the complete process. This includes the process of recruiting them, training them, graduating them, deploying them and in-service management. Up until they come to their retirement. That is what is required by UNESCO. The policing and monitoring of teachers is not the way and we as a union don’t have time for that. We are into the empowering of teachers.”
He further said noted that the current management of teachers leaves them often frustrated. “Poor management is the issue. If teachers are management well, they will go to class as satisfied human beings,” he said.
Further issues noted in the consultative meetings was the lack of learner participation in governance. However, given the lack of sufficient educational infrastructure to facilitate this, with some local schools not having libraries with materials, Kavihuha argued that, “This is like a chicken and egg situation. As much as we are pushing for leaners to be involved in their own governance, we must make sure we facilitate the resources for them to participate.”
The legal drafting of the Act is to begin this month with a parliamentary advocacy and deliberation and announcement of the Bill to happen next month. A final phase of countrywide dissemination of userfriendly, child-friendly versions of the New Act will happen in December and beyond.