Namwandi urges all parents to enroll children for free education

30 Jun 2014 11:10am
NAMAVAMBI, 29 JUN (NAMPA) – Education Minister, Dr David Namwandi says now that Government has made primary and secondary education free, parents should ensure that come next year, all children attend school.
Speaking during the handing over of five schools in the Kavango West and East regions on Thursday, he urged parents and caregivers to ensure that all children attend school, as “it the only way Vision 2030 will be realised”.
A decision taken by Cabinet on 11 March 2014 directed the Education Ministry to make all necessary arrangements so that no Namibian parent or guardian will be required to pay school fees at secondary education level as from the 2016 academic year.
This comes after the introduction of free primary education at the beginning of 2013.
Namwandi said parents should be the watchdogs in their communities to help fulfill the promise of compulsory education, and ensure that children complete their secondary education.
He went on to say Government has proved its seriousness by allocating more than 22 per cent of the national budget to education, of which five per cent is allocated towards capital projects, while the rest is for the operational budget.
Namwandi stated that although the ministry is grateful for this commitment, the allocation is not sufficient to cater for the ministry’s entire plans to construct, expand and renovate schools.
He said Government on its own cannot meet all demands of society, and need development partners for a shared responsibility.
The beneficiary schools funded through the MCC at a cost of over N.dollars 50 million are the Namavambi and Shinyungwe Combined schools, the Dr Romanus Kampungu and Max Makushe secondary schools as well as the St. Boniface College.
The MCA-Namibia has invested in the renovation and upgrading of 48 schools across the country with classrooms, teachers’ housing, science and computer laboratories, school libraries as well as administration and ablution facilities at a cost of US dollars 304 million (about N.dollars 3,2 billion).
The Compact between the government of the Republic of Namibia and the USA came into force on 16 September 2008, creating the MCA-Namibia with the aim of reducing poverty through economic growth, focusing on three key sectors namely education, agriculture and tourism.
The Compact is set to end in September this year.