26 Sep 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) - Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says Namibia needs a new generation of academics to offer new ideas and new energy to meet the challenges the country faces.
The PM, who was addressing 1 700 International University of Management (IUM) graduates at their ceremony on Monday, explained that Namibias economy is suffering, like the rest of the world.
We are faced with a global economy and our own economy that are struggling, and our nation is facing tough challenges and trade-offs, she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila expressed concern that although the country's education system has recorded many positive developments and progress since independence in 1990, it has been shown that too many children are not yet gaining the basic skills of functional literacy and numeracy.
Progress towards equity, she added, has not been rapid enough, stressing that at the current level of performance in education, Namibia will not be producing citizens capable of responding effectively to the challenges of a modern industrial society by producing all the required managerial, technical and professional personnel expected by Vision 2030.
But at least we are aware of what is working in the system and what is not, which will assist us in prioritising urgent reforms, she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila informed the gathering that tertiary education in Namibia has grown in leaps and bounds with the gross enrolment ratio growing from six per cent in 2004 and to 20.2 per cent in 2014.
She noted that public institutions of higher education such as the University of Namibia absorbs more than 70 per cent of the fast growing number of students, while private institutions also expanded quite rapidly to fill an important gap in the provision of tertiary education.
The PM said this partnership needs to be nurtured if Namibia is to realise Vision 2030.