Government bureaucracy hampers education's development

25 Jun 2017 18:10pm
RUNDU, 25 JUN (NAMPA) – Bureaucracy is hampering the development of education in Namibia and Government’s procurement system delays capital projects says the Director of Education in the Kavango East Region, Fanuel Kapapero.
Addressing a consultative meeting with the local business community part of the Friends of Education in Namibia Special Initiative (FENSI) on Friday, Kapapero deplored the number of offices one must go through to procure goods and services.
“Government procurement system is a stumbling block to development in many ways. I hope the new procurement system will lessen the burden.”
He said although the system was put in place for checks and balances, it was evident that when the directorate wanted to fast-track projects such as the construction of a primary school in Sauyemwa, it was a challenge.
Kapapero said the bureaucracy will also hinder the decentralisation of civil services.
He noted the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa’s intervention to simplify and make the system more efficient through FENSI, particularly to address challenges such as the dilapidated education infrastructure in the region.
FENSI, which is still to be launched this year, is a mechanism through which the Education Ministry engages stakeholders to make meaningful contributions towards the development of education, arts and culture in the country.
Hanse-Himarwa last year March said the government agency will decentralise capital projects to accelerate the development of educational infrastructure in Namibia.