13 Jul 2013 07:40
WINDHOEK, 13 JUL (NAMPA) ? The leadership of the Namibia National Teachers? Union (Nantu) says it is concerned about the shortage of teachers in the country, especially in the primary phase.
This concern was expressed during a courtesy call by Nantu Secretary-General Basilius Haingura and three other union leaders on Prime Minister Hage Geingob here on Friday.
?The Swapo-Party National Congress last year took a resolution to reintroduce the Diploma in Education. Nantu supports this resolution. Negotiations on this issue have already started, and we need to be supported in our quest,? Haingura stated.
He added that the union is also in support of the resolution to review teacher-learner staffing norms.
Haingura then added that the union is against the privatising some public schools in the capital, and welcomed the Government and stakeholders in education addressing the issue of equity and equality in the public schools.
Local English daily The Namibian reported this week that Pionierspark Primary School is considering privatisation, with a Board member of the school, Nangula Uaandja saying the school was struglling to pay some of its costs after the discontinuation of the School Development Fund by the Ministry of Education.
The Nantu Secretary-General on behalf of the union urged the Prime Minister to support them in averting this action and advise those who head schools considering similar changes to use their own resources instead of transforming Government?s existing structures.
Haingura also applauded Government for improving the salaries of public servants through its job evaluation and grading exercise.
?Although public servants are not 100 per cent satisfied, the union urged and convinced the workers to understand what the country?s economy can cater for now, and to understand that we can improve on it in the long run. We noted that there are some minor issues on some of the job categories which need to be rectified. Obviously, the relevant offices in consultation with your esteemed office will be engaged in this regard,? he said.
Meanwhile, Geingob applauded the union for taking the pride of teachers in the country to heart and invited them to continuously consult with his office.
He stated that he also supports the reintroduction of the Education Diploma as it is a useful qualification for the education system.
?Teachers need to be respected and rewarded where possible in order to be committed to their calling,? he said.