Turn-around needed in Khomas education performance: Governor

03 Feb 2015 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has called for a turn-around strategy in the education sector to improve the region’s performances in national examinations.
She said this in a statement which formed part of this year's consultative annual meeting of Khomas school management teams and principals.
The meeting was held last week Thursday at a local hotel.
The governor said there were no legitimate reasons for the region's under-performance, and requested the regions’ Education directorate to effectively deal with the issue.
“There are no explicit and exclusive reasons for our under-performance, but we will be able to effectively examine our education set-up if we try to attentively discuss and analyse the basis to our approach,” she noted.
McLeod–Katjirua pointed out some of the approaches which need attentive discussions as being the absenteeism of both learners and teachers from school; the lack of commitment to the call of teaching by teachers and educators; weak early childhood education; the imbalances of teacher-to-learner ratios, which are mostly too high; and the automatic promotion of learners.
The governor noted that in order to address these areas of concern, there must be discipline, respect, unity and a greater sense of ownership within the education sector.
“We can devise best strategies to improve our performances, but if we don’t own them and advance as a united and disciplined team, then we are labouring in vain,’’ McLeod–Katjirua stressed.
“We must honestly share our inputs, experiences and expertise in the best interest of our great Khomas region,’’ she added.
The fired-up governor then appealed to the Khomas Education directorate to effectively monitor and supervise the execution of the resolved strategies and responsibilities for better performances.
“Irrespective of the different situation from locality to locality and constituencies, we must be determined to honour the identified turn-around strategies and harmonise them with our respective situations on the ground,” she stated.