'Incompetent teachers and administrators must be reported'

08 Jun 2015 14:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 08 JUN (NAMPA) – The Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Hipondoka wants to see incompetent teachers and office administrators reported to her office.
“Report those who fail to do their tasks on time to the education director or to my office – it will be my pleasure,” she said at a meeting with various members of her ministry's staff at Otjiwarongo on Monday morning.
Hipondoka is on a one-week familiarisation visit to the Otjozondjupa Region.
She had first visited the office of the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge, before addressing officials who are operating the education regional directorate at Otjiwarongo.
The deputy minister said the purpose of her regional visit is to explain to the various staff members here the ministry’s key education focus in the next five years.
She said an improved education service delivery across all levels of operation in the ministry is one of the key focuses of the ministry for the next five years.
Hipondoka warned those staff members who fail to finalise their daily tasks on time.
“We don’t want to see work sleeping on your table. Have it done with speed and pass it over to the next person for execution. Record that specific day you handed it over to the next person and what you did on it,” she said.
She urged education officers, teachers and office administrators amongst others in the ministry to create a culture of excellence, teaching and learning in order to demand respect and good reputation from the general public.
The deputy minister said Namibians have high expectations of her ministry, and it is up to staff members to deliver the needed services speedily.
She further stated that the bad attitude of some teachers and staff members at regional offices makes the ministry stumble in its quest to deliver quality education.
Hipondoka said a lack of accountability is also a problem amongst educators, education inspectors, principals and teachers who fail to implement quality learning and teaching in the Otjozondjupa Region.
She urged teachers and principals to stay at school and teach learners from the morning hours until 17h00, and also during weekends in order to produce able learners at the end of the year.
The deputy minister urged those who do not understand what they are expected to do to consult the relevant officials.
Acting Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director, Albertina-Peneyambeko Nangolo chaired the staff meeting here on Monday.