Education planners gather to learn more

18 Oct 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) – Education planners in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and those from the 14 Regional Councils are gathered in the capital for a three-day education planning refresher course.
The workshop which started Tuesday is aimed at providing participants with a global understanding of the purposes of educational planning and different activities in the planning process as well as to develop a common approach to planning.
Officially opening the meeting, Permanent Secretary in that ministry, Sanet Steenkamp said education planners must ensure a common understanding and promote teamwork as part of the decentralisation process to provide quality education services.
The course aims to address the issue of unqualified and under qualified teachers and teacher shortages in specific subjects, and the systematic provision of physical infrastructure, including renovation of old buildings as well as replacing temporary structures.
Participants will interrogate these two key areas to help Government with policy reforms.
“You are expected to carry out some regional case studies which will inform our policy reforms to ensure that Namibia recruits, retains, deploys and manages professionally qualified teachers at all phases of education in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG4).”
The course will also consolidate participants’ skills in planning activities such as diagnosis of data on education systems; identification of strategies; use of simulation models for programming and budgeting; and monitoring and evaluation.
It ends Thursday.