MEAC still hiring under-qualified and unqualified teachers

19 Dec 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) - Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said the ministry continues to employ poorly qualified and unqualified teachers to meet the demand for primary school teachers, which affects secondary school learners.

In an interview with Nampa on the sidelines of the announcement of the Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate and Grade 12 Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate Higher Level results here on Wednesday, the minister said the low quality of teachers at the primary level impacts the performance of learners at the secondary level.

“We also have these challenges of a pool of unqualified and under-qualified teachers at the primary level so if your foundational level is not solid then, you cannot expect miracles to perform at the secondary level,” said Hanse-Himarwa.

She added that with the introduction of free primary school education in 2013, the number of pupils being enrolled is growing, which brings about a greater demand for primary teachers and that results in the ministry employing unqualified and under-qualified teachers.

In the first year of the introduction of free primary education the number of pupils enrolled increased from 22 000 to 25 000.

“And with the enrollment numbers that are increasing annually, [an institution has] graduated a pool of 200 teachers and the [pupils] who are enrolled surpass the number of teachers that [the institution has] so you end up with unqualified and under-qualified teachers because you cannot also let the children sit alone in the classroom,” Hanse-Himarwa said

She further stated that the ministry has been working with the University of Namibia to see how best they can increase and improve the requirements for the enrollment of prospective students who want to pursue studies in education as well as providing training to unqualified and under-qualified teachers.

The minister expressed a need for colleges in the country that offer courses geared towards producing highly qualified teachers.