Steenkamp pledges commitment to education and arts

15 Jul 2015 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 15 JULY (NAMPA) - The new Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), Sanet Steenkamp on Tuesday pledged her commitment, professional integrity and devotion to the advancement of the noble work of this ministry.
Speaking at her welcoming ceremony she said: “I take courage and positivity in knowing that this ministry is endowed with a multitude of experts in the fields of education, arts, culture and administration just to mention a few. I therefore would like to believe that with the involvement of all stakeholders, particularly my team of staff that I will be working with, this ministry would no longer be regarded as a monster or a beast, as it has been perceived by some.’’ she said.
Steenkamp recognised that education is a prerequisite for tackling poverty and promoting short and long-term economic growth.
She noted that education is complex and that demands in the educational industry are diverse, ranging from teacher supply; the new curriculum reform; infrastructure; water and sanitation; nutrition and supply of furniture to stationery and textbooks; development of relevant policies befitting the democratic state; strengthening the human capacity and building strong teams.
Steenkamp said all these educational demands require concerted, collective and corrective action at all levels, departments, directorates and section.
She called on senior management members to engage with each other extensively and support all staff members to improve the response capacity and face new challenges head-on.
‘’It would require from us to exercise sound judgments in dealing with issues of decision making, implementation on a daily level and raising the bar on accountability,’’ she said.
Steenkamp, who was an educational director in the Ohangwena Region, joined the MoEAC to replace Alfred Ilukena who was transferred to the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service.
Minister of MoEAC, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa welcomed Steenkamp and pledged her commitment to work and support the new PS in order to take the ministry to greater heights.
“Count on us as ‘Team Education, Arts and Culture’.” she said.
Hanse-Himarwa said the legacy Ilukena left behind continues and she pledged to continue working in the interest of all Namibian youth for greater benefits for all.