Principals should create an inclusive environment: Nghipondoka

26 Oct 2017 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) – Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka has urged school principals to create an inclusive environment at schools that will fit pupils from all backgrounds.
Speaking at a two-day Khomas Region Principals’ Conference here on Thursday, Nghipondoka said inclusive education should work towards the integration of children with special educational needs and more so to children from the most disadvantaged communities as well as minority groups.
“Principals should respond to the diversity of needs of learners and work towards reducing exclusion with and from education,” she said.
Nghipondoka also emphasised that principals should work on an open-door policy which allows teachers to work on a common vision for an inclusive education system.
She noted that every school in Namibia has a vision and principals should lead towards the realisation of that vision.
Nghipondoka said leaders are accountable for the positive and negative things that happen within their institution, therefore principals should instil a sense of hope in teachers and should be open to initiatives.
“Avoid being labelled ‘that is your school’ by teachers because of attitude, but be a principal that wants to win together with your teachers,” said Nghipondoka.
The conference is held under the theme 'Gearing Up for a Better Future through Education'.
It will emphasise the role of education leadership, re-establish the status of the teaching profession and help create a relationship between primary, secondary as well as tertiary education.
The role of technology in education, the physical and emotional well-being of educators and learners will also be addressed.