Added entry requirements for teachers mooted

31 Mar 2016 11:00am
SWAKOPMUND, 31 MAR (NAMPA) - Aspiring teachers may be required to have obtained a certain number of points in Grade 12 even if they have a degree in education, for consideration as teachers.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said this here on Wednesday when she was addressing teachers, principals and other education stakeholders of the Erongo Region.
“For you to qualify as a teacher; you must have 30 points from Grade 12, or we could give a minimum number of points to be reached for such positions”.
The minister said this change should be expected after the national in-service training of over 4 028 unqualified and underqualified teachers in the country which is set to start in May this year.
These teachers will be doing a four-year diploma programme in education.
The overall programme will run for eight years, with the enrolment of 1 000 teachers every year depending on the number of unqualified teachers detected in the system after the first four years.
“After this training, Christmas will be over. We want to professionalise education so that only those qualified and have the interest of Namibian children at heart are allowed to be teachers.
“We do not want education to be a dumping ground for people who failed somewhere or those who are just working for money,” she explained.
Hanse-Himarwa noted that for this training, the ministry will only take teachers who have been in the system for one year.
She said this year 35 unqualified teachers from Erongo will be registered for the programme.
The minister noted that her main priority areas which are part of her performance agreement are infrastructure development and teacher training.
She acknowledged the lack of classrooms, dilapidated school buildings, and the need to build more schools and teachers’ accommodation facilities across the country.
Hanse-Himarwa encouraged all stakeholders in education to pull together in one direction in order to deliver quality education.