"God forgive the ungrateful": Namwandi

26 Feb 2014 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 26 FEB (NAMPA) - Education Minister David Namwandi on Monday hit out at people who accuse the Namibian Government of not doing enough for local education.
Speaking during the official launch of the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2013/14 in the capital, the minister said Namibia is a country with “wonderful and great teachers”.
“You can go anywhere in the world, education is still under construction. Yes, we have the good and weak teachers, but there is no one without weaknesses. So, for those of you who feel that Government has not done anything, God forgive you, and forgive all the ungrateful,” stressed Namwandi.
He added that Namibia is one of the few countries in Africa which allocates almost 25 per cent of its national budget to its Education ministry.
The ministry this year once again received the lion’s share of the national budget, with an allocation of N.dollars 13,1 billion.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the University of Namibia’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”.
Namwandi said the theme is of particular importance at the moment as the country's education system faces various challenges regarding quality education.
There are, nonetheless, teachers who say they are not treated well.
“We respect our teachers, we love them and we honour them,” he countered.
Namwandi further stated that they are determined to implement some of the ministry's initiatives such as teachers’ housing, which will enable them to deploy teachers to rural and remote areas.
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.