Swakopmund councillor gets involved in education issues

01 Mar 2017 17:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 01 MAR (NAMPA) – Councillor for Swakopmund Constituency, Juuso Kambueshe has decided to be actively involved in education this year, which manifested into a consultative meeting with stakeholders on Tuesday.
“My office did not have a close relationship with schools before but this year we are here to establish that relationship to improve our children’s education,” he told Nampa on Tuesday.
Kambueshe said this move is to heed a call made last year by Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa for regional councillors to be supportive of education.
The meeting with Swakopmund Circuit Inspector Ernest Olivier, principals and heads of departments from various schools was held to give support and guidance.
Community Development Committee members from the constituency office were introduced at the meeting.
Education leaders shared challenges and ways to solve them but most importantly, stakeholders promised to continue working as a team.
“When we work together we can share the successes and blame for poor performance in our schools,” said Kambueshe.
Olivier noted that challenges range from lack of classroom space, little parental involvement and late coming of learners to teenage pregnancy, unruliness by learners and the shortage of qualified teachers.
In addition, some principals mentioned a lack of school infrastructure maintenance, unhygienic conditions caused by broken toilets and overcrowding in schools.
“We should from now on find ways to tackle these challenges together,” said Olivier.
There are 11 government schools with more than 11 000 learners in Swakopmund.
Erongo Region was the top performer in the 2016 Grade 12 National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Ordinary-Level examinations.