08 Jan 2015 13:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 JAN (NAMPA) //Karas Regional Director of Education, /Awebahe //Hoeseb reminded teachers that as public servants, they were duty-bound to give value for public money through commitment to the teaching profession.
Addressing principals at the 2015 Annual Principals Meeting in Keetmanshoop on Wednesday, //Hoeseb questioned whether school heads implemented strategies decided upon during the 2014 meeting to improve results in the region.
Some principals did not provide instructional leadership, some failed to conduct class visits and some failed to give and supervise recommendations, he said.
//Hoeseb told the non-performing principals that it was time to 'wake up' and that all schools had to improve this year.
//Karas occupy the 12th spot in the 2014 national rankings of the grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) exams. The region came ninth in the Grade 12 National Senior Secondary Certificate Higher-level (NSSCH) exams.
The regional director also called on the principals to work accountably with the universal grant provided for primary education and to refrain from corporal punishment as well as the discriminative expulsion of learners
I note that some suspensions appear discriminatory in nature and that expulsions for those from poor backgrounds are recommended quickly while those from well-to-do families are looked over, //Hoeseb alleged.
He warned that teachers would be taken to task for any gross negligence issues and that supervision would be stepped up.
//Hoeseb said in order for teachers to return to the glory days of teaching when they were highly regarded in society, would require hard work in order to earn the respect of the public.
Respect begets respect. You will get that noble status if you lead exemplary lifestyles and if you demonstrate superior knowledge of your subject, //Hoeseb advised.
He called on unity among all educators to map a way forward, saying that only teamwork can ensure positive results.
The principals meeting opened on Wednesday and ends this Friday. The //Karas region has 44 schools 30 primary, 5 combined and 9 secondary schools.