Teachers' grievances and needs are important: Hanse-Himarwa

27 Apr 2015 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 APR (NAMPA) - Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa says her ministry must attend to staff grievances and needs as a matter of high priority.
The minister said this when she addressed Ministry of Education staff members and stakeholders from all 14 regions for the first time in Windhoek on Monday.
“When I talk about staff, I include the needs of teachers and all individuals who work for the ministry. Teachers waiting for three months for salaries must come to an end,” she stressed.
Hanse-Himarwa said management should not stifle grievances as it may lead to unproductivity and low staff morale.
“Try to solve grievances immediately and remind staff members of the correct grievance procedures that currently exist within the ministry so that nobody is left out,” she said.
The minister also said during her tenure in office, she would like the ministry to review and provide accommodation for teachers, especially in rural areas, and free up the current backlog in the maintenance of existing education facilities.
“Construction of schools and teacher accommodation are first on my priority list as no Namibian child must be taught under a tree or in a tent. Under my leadership, no school will be constructed without teachers’ accommodation, proper sanitation, laboratories and libraries,” she assured.
Hanse-Himarwa further noted that the performance of Grade 10 and 12 learners is tainted and that her ministry “needs to put tangible strategies in place to turn around this situation”.
“We need to collaborate with other ministries such as Higher Education, Training and Innovation to carry out research on matters that puzzle the system so that our actions are properly guided. We need to find solutions and urgently so,” she stated.
The minister reminded her staff members and stakeholders that the country’s future depends on their commitment to give Namibian children an opportunity to become productive human beings with pride and dignity.