Dienda wants teachers' working environment improved

22 Feb 2018 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) – There is a need for a radical transformation of the education system to ensure that it responds to modern day challenges, Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) Member of Parliament, Elma Dienda has said.
She made the remarks during her motivation on the motion of improving support structures in education in the National Assembly on Wednesday.
She explained that while it is commendable that the Government has prioritised the education sector by investing heavily in it, the sector has been in a downward spiral in terms of grades and the passing rate of the learners.
She said an examination of the realities faced by many Namibian teachers will reveal that investments made in the sector has not placed teachers in a position where teaching is their primary concern.
According to Dienda, teachers have been burdened with many challenges and spend their time trying to address and overcome the numerous structural impediments.
“It is unfair to expect them to perform at a high level,” she added.
Dienda thus called on the government to align the education system with the needs of the country and put in place support structures for teachers as priority.
“It is one thing to pump money into education, but how do we ensure that the money goes towards addressing the challenges faced by teachers and improve support structures around them so they are in a position to deliver quality education?” she asked.
The PDM MP further dismissed assertions that the country is flooded with unqualified teachers, a situation that has reportedly impacted negatively on teaching and learning.
“Teachers are the building blocks of any successful nation. I address this motion not only as a parent of children attending government schools, but also as a teacher by profession, who has taught in Namibia before and after Independence,” she said.