More workshops for teachers needed: Junior Mayor

25 Feb 2014 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) - The Junior Mayor of Windhoek has urged the Ministry of Education (MoE) to host regular workshops for teachers across the country to improve schools’ performances.
Emma Theophilus said here during the official launch of the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2013/14 on Monday that the ministry must make provision for teachers from all schools in the country to come together regularly to share their teaching materials, and exchange teaching ideas.
“I believe these workshops will improve the quality of education in the country, because now you have some schools which perform well, while some do not,” she noted.
Theophilus stressed that teachers should have a passion for their subjects, and make extra efforts to implement different teaching methods for their learners.
“If a teacher motivates learners and has different ways of teaching, such learners will also perform well,” said the junior mayor.
Also speaking at the launch, Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN) president Mahongora Kavihuha concurred, and suggested that social dialogues could help teachers to share their successes and failures.
“Teachers should come together so that they could also feel part and parcel of the ministry,” he noted.
Kavihuha further stated that the allocation of resources is very important.
“As soon as we allocate the right resources and up-to-date resources, then we can start implementing all programmes in the education system,” he said.
On his part, Namibia National Teachers' Union (Nantu) Secretary-General Basilius Haingura suggested that teachers should be placed where they are needed.
“We need teachers to be placed where they are needed and have specialised in. That is the only time you can expect quality service,” he said, adding that the moment a person is misplaced, quality services cannot be expected from that individual.
Nantu will now monitor the report to see that what is captured in it is put into practice.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in collaboration with the MoE and Unam's Faculty of Education, officially launched the EFA GMR 2013/14 under the theme “Enhancing teacher education for bridging the education quality gap in sub-Saharan Africa”.
The report was made possible with funds from the People's Republic of China.
The EFA GMR is an independent publication commissioned by UNESCO on behalf of the international community, and monitors the global process towards the six EFA goals each year.
Amongst others, EFA goals include early childhood education, universal primary education and youth and adult skills and literacy.
The report recommended filling teaching gaps, attracting the best candidates to teaching, training teachers to meet the needs of all children and to prepare teacher educators and mentors to support teachers.