15 Mar 2014 18:10pm
LÜDERITZ, 15 MAR (NAMPA) - Residents of the harbour town of Lüderitz have commended Government for the introduction of free secondary education in 2016.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba announced at Keetmanshoop on Thursday that a decision was taken by Cabinet this week directing the Minister of Education David Namwandi to make preparations so that children attending secondary school will not have to pay school fees as from 2016.
Pohamba was speaking at the inauguration of the Mutual Keetmanshoop Mall.
The decision comes after the introduction of free primary education, which was announced at the beginning of 2013.
When Nampa visited the Sand Hotel informal settlement at the harbour town on Saturday, several people hailed Governments decision, saying it is a blessing.
Residents were hoping to see the Head of State at the groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation and upgrading of the old power station at the town, where he was expected to officiate.
This event was, however, called off at the 11th hour due to other equally important official commitments.
Our Government under the leadership of President Pohamba is finally moving in the right direction. This is a wise decision by the Government and really commendable as I will no longer have to pay a cent for my four school-going children who will all be attending secondary education in 2016, said street vendor Maria Mpingana Mweneni.
Theophelus Haimbodi Halwoodi, who is earning a living as a taxi driver, said his two children who live in the North now have a secure future thanks to the Governments introduction of free secondary education.
I work as a bar lady here and my monthly salary is not good enough to cater for the school needs of my two kids. I am happy that Government will now offer free secondary education in 2016, said the 30-year-old Hambeleleni Selma Mathias.
Pieters Johannes Jacobus said although free secondary education could have been introduced long ago, he is still happy that Government has given something of value to poor Namibians.
We are all citizens of this country and we all need to have a piece of the cake and benefit from the abundant rich natural resources of our motherland. I however still want our Government to find lasting solutions to unemployment, the acute shortage of proper housing, and the killing of women and girls, he stated.