Put ELPP on hold: Nantu

09 Dec 2013 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 09 DEC (NAMPA) - The Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) has questioned the modality of the English Language Proficiency Programme (ELPP) for teachers, and called on the Ministry of Education to put it on hold for now.
Nantu Secretary-General Basilius Haingura said at a media conference here on Friday that the ELPP’s targets are not clear.
“The ELPP should be put on hold until Nantu, the Ministry of Education and the University of Namibia (Unam) agree on the implementation modality of the programme,” he stressed.
The Ministry of Education launched the ELPP in 2012 to improve the quality of education in the classroom by giving teachers the opportunity to upgrade their proficiency in English.
“If the ELPP is targeting 70 per cent of the current teaching force, then there is something wrong with the tertiary institutions which are entrusted with teacher-training in this country,” he stated, adding that the quality of teachers who graduate from Unam is questionable, and that is why the ELPP is allegedly imposed on teachers.
Haingura thus advised the ministry and Unam to make English a core module in teachers’ training programmes.
Teachers should also be assisted in their areas of specialisation, and this should be taken into account when the ministry designs the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) service for teachers.
The CPD, which pioneers innovative approaches to educator professional development, was established at Unam in February 2011.
It works in conjunction with the Education Ministry to develop the competences of teachers who, in turn, draft study guides for others teachers.
Haingura said Government, through the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), should design quality teachers’ training programmes to address the deficiency in the current programmes, instead of blaming teachers for the poor training of other teachers.