12 Jun 2015 08:00am
ONGWEDIVA, 12 JUN (NAMPA) Education, Arts and Culture Minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, says she will make sure that more teachers are trained for critical subject teaching during her tenure.
She said this at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region whilst addressing a large crowd of teachers during her familiarisation visit to that region on Wednesday.
We are aware of the shortage of teachers, resulting in the deployment of unqualified and under-qualified teachers, Hanse-Himarwa stated, adding that a teacher shortage is a grave concern to her and receives her urgent attention.
She said plans are in place to ensure capacity building for unqualified and under-qualified teachers in collaboration with institutions of higher learning in the country.
Hanse-Himarwa indicated that there are over 4 000 unqualified and under-qualified teachers already in the education system.
These teachers, she said, need assistance by training, retraining and equipping them with necessary skills in collaboration with the University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia Institute for Education Development (NIED) and Namibia College of Open Learning (Namcol).
The training of those teachers, according to the minister, would be done through distance learning and/or in-service training to obtain needed competences.
She also acknowledged that an increasing number of children need to benefit from the School Feeding Programme.
We are aware of the effect of the School Feeding Programme on learner enrolment and retention, and are thus working on modalities to facilitate more funds to the programme, Hanse-Himarwa explained.
Speaking during a meeting between Hanse-Himarwa and members of the regional council, Oshana Regional Governor, Clemens Kashuupulwa revealed that over N.dollars 28 million is allocated to the Education Ministrys capital projects in his region.
These projects include the construction, upgrading and renovation of schools and teachers houses.