15 Sep 2013 09:50
OMUNTELE, 15 SEP (NAMPA) - Education Minister Dr David Namwandi has once again called on qualified teachers to report for duty at the ministry so that Namibia does not experience a shortage of teachers in the next academic year.
Namwandi made the call whilst officially inaugurating the Reverend Juuso Shikongo Senior Secondary School (SSS) at Omuntele village in the Oshikoto Region on behalf of President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Friday.
Earlier this week, the Education Minister called a meeting with qualified unemployed teachers in Windhoek to encourage them to apply for available teaching positions as their knowledge and experience is needed in the country.
According to Namwandi, the enrolment of learners has increased since the introduction of free primary education this year.
He pointed out that Namibia has over 1 700 schools and close to 700 000 learners catered for by just over 24 000 teachers countrywide.
Namwandi informed his audience that Government has in the meantime resolved to reintroduce pre-primary education into the formal education system, hence the need for additional teachers at both pre-primary and primary level.
He went on to say Government will be responsible of pre-primary education in terms of paying the salaries of the teachers and building and maintaining infrastructure.
Government closed pre-primary at State schools at Independence in 1990, but has been steadily reintroducing the classes at a number of schools in the country over the past three years.
The Education Minister said he believes the expansion of teachers training from a former three-year course to the current four-year course after the countrys teacher training colleges merged with the University of Namibia (Unam) has added another challenge in the need for additional teachers.
Addressing the issue of unqualified teachers, Namwandi said a programme through which unqualified teachers are to be trained, will be developed.
He at the same time cautioned that his ministry will make sure that the law takes its course against any person who hampers female learners school careers by impregnating them.
He also urged traditional leaders to assist Government by ensuring that cuca shops are not allowed to be built close to a school in the regions.
Reverend Juuso Shikongo SSS opened its door for learners last year and is named after the founding revered of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN)s Omuntele congregation, Reverend Juuso Shikongo.