30 Jan 2018 15:30pm
By Edward Mumbuu Jnr
WINDHOEK, 30 JAN (NAMPA) Namibias education system should be synchronised with key sectors of the economy, namely mining, fisheries, agriculture and tourism to curb high unemployment and poverty.
This is according to Rally for Democracy and Progress Secretary-General (SG) Mike Kavekotora.
In a recent interview, Kavekotora told Nampa challenges affecting the education and health sectors need to be addressed with urgency.
Our economy is dependent on a number of pillars - fisheries, agriculture, tourism and mining - but the education system is not linked to that. Secondly, our graduates do not meet the job demand of our private sector; there is a mismatch between our education and the demands of the private sector, he noted.
The politician added that as a remedy to challenges facing the education system and to reap maximum benefits from Namibias key economic sectors, synchronising efforts and resources is an option Government should consider.
He further aired discontent in the budget of N.dollars 11.97 billion allocated to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture for the 2017/18 financial year.
Kavekotora said 85 per cent of that money goes towards the remuneration of staff, while a paltry 15 per cent is left to cater for the ministrys operational costs.
On the health front, he said the shortage of medical doctors, dilapidated health facilities and instances where medication runs out at State hospitals, are worrisome.
In the wake of the Hepatitis E outbreak in Windhoek, the SG branded the state of Namibias health sector as dilapidated.
Kavekotora said the outbreak can be attributed to ignorance, little regard for the lives of ordinary Namibians and lack of proactive planning from Government.
This [outbreak] could have been prevented if measures were put in place to provide clean water in these informal settlements. These are Namibians, regardless of their economic status, Kavekotora said.
Close to 500 cases of Hepatitis E have been recorded since the first case was reported mid-December last year. This has been blamed on poor hygiene and sanitation.