23 May 2013 10:05
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Education on Thursday launched its Strategic Plan and Performance Management Plan, which articulate the strategic direction it will follow between the years 2012 to 2017.
The Deputy Minister of Education Sylvia Makgone said during the launch of the strategic plan here that ?for any organisation to be successful, it needs to define the strategy or direction it intends to follow, and make decisions on allocating resources - human and financial - to pursue the chosen direction?.
Makgone said at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (Nipam) building that since Namibia?s Vision 2030 is designed to transform the country into an industrialised nation, her ministry is pleased to be associated with this process through the implementation of the ministry?s five-year plan.
Being in a key sector in national developmental efforts, the Education Ministry was guided by the National Development Plan (NDP4) goals in the identification of strategic initiatives.
?We are confident that the strategic plan, which is targeting to transform the country into a better-income nation, will serve its deserved purpose, and facilitate the enhanced implementation of programmes and activities in the ministry,? she stated.
Makgone also said she is confident that the plan provides the necessary transformational tools which will shape the ministry?s output in the next five years, bearing in mind the growing desire of young people to have better education in Namibia.
The plan features five strategic themes: quality teaching; improved leadership and management; sound regulatory framework; adequate infrastructure; and beneficial stakeholder relations.
?The strategic plan will guide us to provide accessible and equitable quality education to all our learners, and provides a means to creating an environment for staff members to perform to the best of their abilities,? she said.
Makgone further highlighted what she believes are the reasons behind the slow performance of Government programmes: lack of proper execution, lack of accountability and the spreading of efforts and resources too thinly.
On the Performance Management Plan, the deputy minister said the plan has been developed at each Education Directorate and Regional Education Directorate level, and is intended to be cascaded to school level countrywide.
?School leaders are thus encouraged that during that process, they should make sure they are drawing up implementable plans, and not just documentation to satisfy those who will do school evaluations,? she continued.