21 Jun 2018 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has urged schools to use available means to raise funds to boost their resource base amid reduced education grants for the 2017/18 financial year.
In her speech delivered during a meeting with Khomas principals and directors here Wednesday, Hanse-Himarwa said it has come to light that some schools have poor control over the use of Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE) funds, despite national guidelines.
Close to N.dollars 145 million was made available towards UPE and N.dollars 53 million for USE during the 2017/18 financial year.
These payments were made to all 1 846 schools under the ministry at a unit cost of N.dollars 250 per learner.
An assessment showed that a huge percentage of funds are spent on transport, and uncoordinated and unnecessary trips are undertaken and claimed for. While we acknowledge that some trips are important, I call upon principals to apply ethical principles in utilising the funds especially for learning and teaching materials, she appealed.
Hanse-Himarwa further requested regional directors to ensure that audit reports from schools are thoroughly scrutinised and should any irregularities be found, it should be addressed without delay.
The minister then appealed to parents and other stakeholders to support schools, despite fights over what is termed, voluntary contributions.
Voluntary contribution is voluntary. We urge schools to adopt a much friendly approach with parents to engage them in contributing to school functions considering our financial situation, she added.
In addition, Hanse-Himarwa noted that the number of textbook purchases have reduced and called upon schools to still use textbooks that were purchased by the Millennium Challenge Account to support the implementation of the new curriculum.
The minister also emphasised the importance of libraries in schools and urged learners to make use of them.
Reading will make our learners more analytical, and increases their comprehension when they study other subjects, the former Hardap governor stated.