10 Jul 2015 17:30pm
WINDOHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) - The Education Ministry is embarking on regional consultations for the review of the Education Act 16 of 2001.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa officially launched the review process here on Friday, saying the review aims to transform the current Act in accordance with the latest developments and current needs of the Namibian education system.
The reviewed Education Act will ensure inclusivity, equitable access, participation and equity education towards quality teaching and learning in Namibia, she said.
Hanse-Himarwa said the ministry appointed a steering committee comprising of Government sectors and agencies, teachers unions, development partners, academia and civil society to lead the regional consultations.
The committee will be supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the Directorate of Law Reform in the Ministry of Justice.
She explained that the Act will also align educational programmes to relevant policies, legislation and national priorities, such as Vision 2030.
The minister said that beyond the legislative, the review of the Education Act also provides a platform for the new legislation to be a document that will ensure the interest of all parties in providing quality education.
She said the committee will engage young people, parents, private and public sector, religious organisations and policy makers to act on behalf of all Namibian children to promote equity and positive learning outcomes.
As a ministry, we will consult parents, teachers, learners amongst others to ensure that our new Education Act provides a blueprint for quality education and lifelong learning, and to equip our children with the skills and abilities to live and thrive in Namibia, she stated.
Hanse-Himarwa added that the ministry wants to identify issues that must be addressed to have a more progressive Education Act, which is forward-looking and will stand the test of time.
We also need to use this review process to plan and integrate, and cease the opportunity to take a futuristic approach. We should also give Namibia a head-start for her children and young people, she stressed.
Furthermore, she said, the education ministry will use the opportunity to increase the Namibian people's understanding of the significance of meaningful participation in the education system, as well and the learning environment.
The review process will at the moment only focus on the following Sections; 9, 10, 11, 25 (2, 8-14), 38 (2), and 39.
The consultations will take place on 15, 28 and 29 July, and 03 to 28 August 2015.