Prime Minister urged teachers not to shame the nation

22 Sep 2013 09:50
OMUTHIYA, 22 SEP (NAMPA) – The relationship between teachers and learners is an important component in nation building, Prime Minister Hage Geingob said on Friday.
Addressing an annual teachers’ conference of the Omuthiya Circuit in the Oshikoto Region on Friday, Geingob said a teacher is responsible of a learner’s educational, and social, mental and behavioural development.
“Of course, parents play the most significant role, but the teacher is a significant adult who can be very influential,” he noted.
According to him, usually children emulate their teachers by mimicking the way they walk, talk, dress and behave.
As such, the Namibian Premier stressed that the role teachers play in the development of the society should not to be underestimated.
“Without an adequate and relevant education there can be no development,” the Prime Minister stated, adding that what takes place in the classroom is pivotal to Namibia becoming more economically independent and competitive.
He emphasised that the skill level of the current and future Namibian workforce needs to be improved to ensure that the country is able to be competitive on both regional and global level.
“Let us think big, and let the seeds of thinking big be planted in classrooms all across our country,” Geingob urged the teachers.
He reminded them that the “eyes of society” are on them and, as such, their interaction with learners should be the type of interaction that brings pride to the nation and not shame.
According to Geingob, the Omuthiya Circuit Teachers’ Conference came at a time when the country’s education system and the teaching profession in particular are under the microscope.
Inspector of Education for the Omuthiya Circuit, Filemon Nangolo told this news agency that the main objectives of the conference were to cement the unity among teachers and to share information, experiences and expertise on matters pertaining to provision of quality education to Namibian children.
The conference was attended by some 360 teachers from all over the Omuthiya Circuit.