NANTU rejects the PPP Act

05 Oct 2017 19:00pm
OSHAKATI, 05 OCT (NAMPA) – The president of the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) has expressed concern about the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Act and called for its withdrawal.
In a statement read on his behalf at the national celebration of World Teachers’ Day at Oshakati on Thursday, Simeon Kavila noted that the Act will deprive the majority of Namibian children of basic services such as education and health.
“Nantu is calling for the withdrawal of this particular Act because it will not address the need of the majority of Namibians and will favour the elite,” Kavila charged.
The PPP Act provides for the private sector partners to set their own terms and to meet Government halfway in terms of development projects in the country.
President Hage Geingob in June this year signed the PPP Bill into law, and was quoted by the media at a signing ceremony as saying the PPP Act is a framework for a “marriage” between the private and public sectors.
Geingob at the same time stressed that the PPP Act will not become a tool for undue enrichment.
The PPP Act aims to deliver improved services and better value for money primarily through appropriate risk transfer, encourages greater innovation, asset utilisation and an integrated project-life management underpinned by private financing.
The Nantu president also said the teachers’ union is disappointed with Government budget cuts which are hampering the smooth delivery of teaching, as they are faced with the non-availability of teaching and learning materials and overcrowded classrooms.
“If the Government could properly plan and prioritise the needs of the country we would not have experienced the situation that we find ourselves in now.”
He went on to say many teaching posts are still vacant and have resulted in overcrowded classrooms, which compromise the quality of education.
Speaking at the same celebration, Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa admitted that some schools are understaffed while there are some 3 000 vacant teaching posts in the ministry.
Hanse-Himarwa at the same time promised that these posts will soon be filled with competent teachers.