World Teachers Day celebration poorly attended

05 Oct 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, O5 OCT (NAMPA) - The World Teachers’ Day celebration organised by the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) on Thursday in the capital was poorly attended.
The event was supposed to start with a march from the Nantu offices to the Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School Hall as from 07h30, but the march did not take place due to the poor turnout of teachers.
Teachers are excused from school to celebrate World Teachers’ Day.
Upon enquiry on Thursday, Nantu’s Khomas regional chairperson Kevin Kahungi told Nampa the poor turnout was due to a number of factors, including poor communication between the Khomas Education Directorate and the union.
He said the directorate was supposed to organise the event, but Nantu had to take over.
Calls to Khomas Director of Education, Gerard Vries went unanswered.
Kahungi said the event might also have started too early as teachers only started to arrive from around 10h00.
“The event started early and people might not have been ready to wake up that early,” he said.
Asked whether the call by the Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) earlier this week for teachers not to attend the World Teachers’ Day celebration, might have contributed to the poor turnout, he said that applied to TUN members only.
TUN said they would boycott this year’s celebration as they feel they are being sidelined by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
World Teachers’ Day is held on 05 October annually and is aimed at showing appreciation for the role teachers play.
This year’s World Teachers’ Day was celebrated under the theme ‘Teaching in freedom, empowering teachers’.