Kavango West lacks teachers for secondary level

28 Feb 2019 07:40am
RUNDU, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – The Directorate of Education in the Kavango West Region says it is challenged with a lack of qualified teachers to teach at secondary level as the University of Namibia’s Rundu Campus does not produce these teachers.
Regional Education Director Theopolina Hamutumua recently told Nampa on the sidelines of an education stakeholder meeting that the teachers currently produced at the local university only qualify to teach from Grade 1 to Grade 7.
“As a result, subjects like Rukwangali and Rumanyo do not have teachers in Namibia who are trained at this level. The only teachers employed for these subjects are the Grade 5-7 teachers, or those that have studied for a diploma in African languages,” she explained.
Learner performance in Rukwangali being the first language thus needs major improvement, she said.
Hamutumua said the senior education officials of the region approached the university on these challenges, adding that the regional education forum which advises the minister of education also met to discuss the matter.
Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia (UNAM)’s Rundu Campus Dr Gilbert Likando told Nampa on Wednesday said he is aware of the challenge as this was discussed during the official opening of the campus this year.
According to Likando, the secondary education programme is only available at the main campus in Windhoek and that a secondary education programme, but in science, has been introduced at the UNAM Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus at Ongwediva.
“We already made a submission for us to introduce secondary level education particularly in areas of commerce, because the university has courses in accounting and economics,” he explained.
The challenge the university has is to employ more instructors to deal with the professional courses at the secondary level, Likando highlighted.
He further stated that a report will be submitted to the university by the regional education directorate detailing the teacher shortage.
“This way the university can be informed on teacher shortages particularly at secondary level,” Likando said.