Education ministry working towards reducing its wage bill

12 Oct 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has embarked on a number of initiatives to reduce its wage bill.
Addressing the media here Thursday, line Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa explained that the wage bill has reached levels that are unsustainable from an economic perspective.
The key initiatives include non-filling of management positions at schools on a permanent basis except for principal posts, while the vacant posts for head of departments are now being filled only on an acting basis.
She added that other key initiatives include the annual verification of the payroll data with that of the Annual Education Census and addressing discrepancies, while conducting an annual head count of staff to eliminate the possibility of ghost staff.
“An analysis of current staff levels at schools and possible closure of non-economical schools, functioning in contravention of the Post Provisioning Norms while addressing overstaffing and understaffing in schools is an ongoing process, which we envisage to complete in the next three years,” Hanse-Himarwa said.
The minister explained that the creation of posts on the teaching structure is guided by the number of learners, saying that an increase in learner numbers warrants appointment of additional teachers in line with the Post Provisioning Norms.
She noted that non-availability of funds to fill these positions has had a negative impact on teaching and learning.
“There are many exercises that are running within the ministry, for now it may create inconveniences for us, but going forward these inconveniences will be translated in a successful transition,” said Hanse-Himarwa.