Education Ministry will not retrench staff: Steenkamp

02 Apr 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 02 APR (NAMPA) – The Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp on Tuesday clarified that the ministry will not retrench any of its 40 974 staff at any level as it is not its mandate.
In an interview with Nampa here, Steenkamp explained that the ministry is looking at its central and regional structures to see which positions can be abolished, especially when they become vacant.
This, she said, will increase MoEAC’s efficiency without increasing its wage bill of N.dollars 11.7 billion, which accounts for 85 per cent of its annual budget allocation of N.dollars 13.7 billion.
She added that Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila introduced a compensatory reduction strategy, which would allow the education ministry to assess vacant positions within its central and regional office structures and fill only the core posts, which it deems essential.
“The moment a position becomes vacant, that is when we make the tough decisions. So instead of filling a senior management position, the ministry would rather fill a position on implementation,” stressed Steenkamp.
The executive director pointed out that teachers at overstaffed schools should expect to be voluntarily transferred to understaffed schools, saying the ministry had successfully reassigned 119 teachers in the Omusati Region during the 2018/2019.
Once the exercise has been completed at regional level, the ministry will then approach the ministry of finance for additional funding.
“The only positions we envisage that may require additional funding, would be teaching positions,” said Steenkamp.