Free education still requires parental involvement: Geingos

04 Aug 2017 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 AUG (NAMPA) – The concept of ‘free education’ needs to be reconsidered or explained better as parental contributions to schools have declined, said First Lady Monica Geingos.
Speaking at the State of Education, Arts and Culture in Namibia event on Friday, she said since the introduction of free education in Namibia, parents appear to think that their obligations towards schools have ended.
“There is no school that has succeeded in the absence of parents,” said Geingos adding the education sector alone cannot prosper without the involvement of parents and other stakeholders.
“We can have a full budget for education and still have a problem with the outcome because the quality of education is being compromised by social realities.”
She explained that children act out on social issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, violence, single parenting and alcohol abuse, which occur in their homes that are governed by parents.
“Parents should be the fundamental block of their children’s mental capacity, through building confidence and ensuring their presence in the children’s education,” said Geingos.
The First Lady said men in particular should understand the importance of their presence in the upbringing of their children, whose brains develop according to what they see and experience.
She said general parental involvement in the upbringing of children ensures that the primary responsibility for the protection, development and nurturing of children in a conducive environment is met and has a positive impact on their education.
Opening the event, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said it was held to update the country on education statistics, reflect on challenges and launch the Friends of Education in Namibia Special Initiative.
“The objective of the State of Education in Namibia Address was held in the pursuit of the constant purposeful engagement with stakeholders and quest to maintain accountability as well as to promote transparency at all levels,” she said.