Pohamba congratulates Cabinet on hard work

04 Dec 2014 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba has congratulated Cabinet for its hard work over the past year.
Speaking during Cabinet’s last meeting held at State House on Tuesday, he acknowledged various decisions taken by Cabinet focusing on the implementation of policies and programmes which were geared towards the achievement of Namibia’s developmental goals and objectives.
Pohamba further expressed satisfaction with the decision Cabinet took in approving a review of the education curriculum to respond to the challenges and needs of Namibian society, and the abolition of the payment of school development funds.
The curriculum review was approved at the third Cabinet meeting in March this year.
It focuses on basic education, with one of the aspects being the changed school structure.
The revised curriculum - which is to comprise both academic and technical subjects - will be implemented gradually as from 2015, starting with the junior-primary phase.
It will ultimately also see the addition of Grade 13 or A Levels in 2022.
Cabinet in addition provided directives for the health sector in fighting malnutrition among Namibian people, and the renovation of medical facilities countrywide.
This includes the development of a National Nutrition Strategic Plan to guide the Ministry of Health and Social Services and its partners in delivering effective evidence-based nutrition interventions.
It also approved the renovation of the Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital in Ondangwa to the tune of N.dollars 94 million, while other projects include N.dollars 193 million availed for general repairs at State facilities, and the maintenance of the Windhoek Central Hospital for N.dollars 211 million.
About N.dollars 200 million was also allocated for the renovation of the Nkurenkuru State Hospital in Kavango West.
Pohamba will hand over the presidency to President-elect Hage Geingob on 21 March 2015 as Namibia's third president after the country attained independence in 1990.
Geingob won the presidential election held last Friday with a landslide victory.
The ruling Swapo-Party also won the National Assembly election with 77 seats in the new 96-seat Parliament.
Nine opposition parties garnered a combined 19 seats.