Non-performing teachers to be held accountable

04 Apr 2016 11:20am
SWAKOPMUND, 04 APR (NAMPA) - Teachers who perform poorly will be asked to explain why their learners are failing because the situation can no longer continue.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said this on Friday, adding that such teachers will be instructed to write reports explaining why their work is not up to standard.
“As of 2017, they will have to explain why their learners only produce F and G symbols. You cannot just fail children and return to work every year as if nothing is wrong. This situation will change,” said the minister.
She was speaking at the annual Erongo Regional Awards in Swakopmund, where 160 teachers and close to 15 schools were rewarded for their good performance last year.
They received certificates of recognition, cash and gifts such as power banks, computers and printers.
Hanse-Himarwa said those who perform well are rewarded, but something should also be done about those who are not delivering and “hiding behind the best.”
“Such poor performing teachers must be awarded by being named and shamed so that they know the nation expect good results from them.”
She thanked the teachers rewarded on Friday and encouraged them to continue doing their best for the benefit of Namibia’s children.
Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua and Chairperson of the Erongo Regional Council Hafeni Ndemula also encouraged the hard working teachers to keep it up.
The awards are meant to recognise and motivate hard working individuals and encourage those who are not dedicated, to follow suit.
The event was amongst others sponsored by Walvis Bay businessman John Savva; Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine; Old Mutual Namibia; Kunene Caterers; Namport; Demersal Fishing and Stevens Trading and Manufacturers.