Teachers struggle with accommodation: Tobias

21 Dec 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 DEC (NAMPA) – Teachers’ struggle to find accommodation is one of the reasons why learners’ academic performance is poor, Tsumeb Constituency Councillor in the Oshikoto Region, Lebbius Tobias said on Thursday.
He was speaking during the National Council debate on the Education Amendment Bill here on Thursday.
“During my educational familiarisation trips around schools in my constituencies, teachers complained that they live in dilapidated accommodation and this affects their performance as educators,” Tobias said.
He blamed the teachers’ living conditions for the poor performance of learners and added that teachers need better homes in order to appropriately contribute to the education sector in Namibia.
“We should not forget that teachers are the essence of the educational success of our nation and without taking care of them, our learners will be on the streets,” he said.
Tobias further applauded his region for its performance in the 2017 Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) and Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) higher level results.
He encouraged fellow councillors to engage with their municipalities in order to provide land on which teachers could build homes.
“I have written letters to the Tsumeb Municipality in relation to the provision of land for teachers and I am waiting for their response,” Tobias added.
According to the preliminary results released on Wednesday only 55 per cent, or 22 462 of the 40 599 full-time candidates who sat for the JSC national examinations, have qualified for Grade 11 in 2018.