Education staff urged to review work ethic

27 Feb 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 FEB (NAMPA) - Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Monday during her annual staff address called on civil servants to evaluate their work ethic and commitment towards service delivery.
Speaking at the Government Park Auditorium in Windhoek, she reminded staff of 2017 being declared the year of rededication by President Hage Geingob and thanked them for their effort from 2015, when she took office.
“I must commend everyone for the development of the 2016/17 annual plan with key performance indicators, activities, and expectations with corresponding progress reports.”
She said over the last three quarters, the ministry scored more than 72 per cent on evaluation of the targets set on the annual plan, adding that 80 per cent is possible through commitment.
“We should constantly ask ourselves what we should do differently this time around to improve what we have last achieved, we have to think broadly and creatively.”
For more efficient service delivery, she said performance agreements and reviews will be rolled out up to school level.
She encouraged managers at the ministry to speedily finalise the legal frameworks and pending policies of 2016/17, which are aimed at addressing some of the shortfalls the ministry is facing.
Hanse-Himarwa highlighted some of the achievements of the past and challenges the ministry is facing, such as the introduction of the Junior Primary Education Diploma in 2015, a first of its kind in Namibia where 1 000 teachers were enrolled and another 1 000 is expected in May this year; and broad consultative processes on the legislative frameworks and policy directives for education, arts and culture that will soon be tabled in Parliament.
These include the Education Bill, School Cluster Policy, and the Heritage and Culture Policy among others.
As expected, budget cuts are of the biggest challenges faced by the Ministry, which necessitated them to review the allocation formulas towards universal primary and secondary education, and private subsidies.
The cuts also necessitated the review of funding for semi-state institutions like the National Art Gallery, Namibian College of Open Learning, College of the Arts, and the National Theatre of Namibia, amongst others.
“I acknowledge that we are facing tough challenges, however our commitment and dedication should remain geared towards doing more with the little resources at our disposal,” she said.
Hanse-Himarwa encouraged staff to consider shifting priorities to where the most impact could be realised.
A state of education address is planned for early April where the performance of the education sector will be scrutinised extensively and challenges discussed, while stories of success are to be shared.