Ministry of Education’s Chief Education, Inspector Hileni Amukana has made a passionate plea to teachers who are involved in extra curricula activities that generate income to declare those activities as stipulated by the civil service rules.
This comes amid a growing list of teachers involved in music including Award winning magaisa artists Female Donkey, Namibia Annual Award (NAMAs) nominated artists DJ Globb and DJ Zille, as well as kwaito artist Tramajita are among the local musicians who are teachers by day.
Amukana, said the Ministry encourages teachers to use their music as an educational tool, granted that it does not interfere with their school work.
“Teachers are expected to declare the extra remunerative services they conduct outside public service… They are also are required to devote their time to core curricular and extra-curricular for their schools. If their work as musicians does not take time from official work it is ok,” she said.
She also added all teachers must perform school extra-curricular activities and such cultural dancing/singing and musical background comes in handy.
“Generally, one of the attributes a teacher should have is skills such as arts, music and cultural skills, as they have to promote and adhere to extra mural activities. In some schools, arts and music is offered as promotional subjects. This teacher can influence learners in a more positive ways to enhance their interest in schooling,” she further explained.
The concept of musicians who have day-jobs to subsidise their incomes is not a new one, in fact it has become expected industry practise, and knowing that they have a green light from the ministry has given teachers who are musicians renewed confidence in both their chosen fields of work.
The Villager newspaper spoke to a few teachers to get their take on whether they can juggle both and how their use their art as an educational tool. NAMA nominated artist DJ Globb, who is a teacher at the Rundu Senior Secondary school said that he has found a balance between both his careers.
“Music is a hobby and business for me, just like sports. It’s something that brings extra income and keeps me busy during my free time. I make sure that all my bookings/gigs are done during weekends and I decline some gigs when I have too much school work,” he explained.
He explained that he has been in the industry for longer than he has been a teacher so his learners do not treat him differently or get distracted by his celebrity status during school hours because he carries himself in a professional manner, noting that he is never a musician when he is at school.
“Music is an excellent tool to educate the young minds. Most of our songs have message about life, discipline, respect and addresses more contemporary social issues,” he noted Like Dj Globb, Tramajita too started his music career in University way before he because a teacher.
However he teaches a subject which is directly in line with his career. He currently teaches music at the school for the visually impaired in Khomasdal. He also said that he arranges for his gigs to be on weekends or school holidays so that it does not interfere with his school.
“I declared the fact that I am a musician to the Ministry so they are aware…I use the fact that I am a musician to motivate my learners and we currently have a group at the school who I helped to release their debut album,” he said proudly.
He added that at school his students treat him with respect, regardless of the fact that I am a musician. “I use music as an educational tool by teaching my learners how to play instruments and music in general,” he said.
DJ Zille, a teacher/ HOD at the Romanus Kamunoko Secondary School and NAMA nominated artist said that he started music in University as a form of making extra income and also because he could not do it in high school because he was devoted to his studies. He said that he had informed the school about his extra-curricular activities.
Apart from learners singing his songs to soften him up when they are being punished at school, he said they treated him the way they would any other teacher.
“I teach development studies so I find a way to incorporate my music or the fact that it is a business like any other in my lessons. This helps give them practical examples which they can see,” he explained.
The general consensus among the teachers is that they plan their music careers around their school activities and not the other way around, a notable quality that Kuugongelwa-Amadhila will undoubtedly be proud off.