Kunene North TA leaders close Opuwo district literacy office

12 Jun 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) – The Kunene North Traditional Authority leaders and other concerned members of the community on Wednesday said they have temporarily closed the Opuwo district literacy office due to issues related to the recruitment of literacy promoters.
In a petition addressed to Angeline Jantze, Director of Education for the Kunene Region, and availed to Nampa, the Kunene North Traditional Authority said they decided to close the office because the director refused to meet them and discuss their grievances.
Chairperson of the traditional authority leaders, Hariki Maundu, said the Kunene Education Directorate deviated from Circular 3 of 2004 when appointing the literacy promoters, which he said is still the document to be referred to when dealing with the appointment of the promoters.
“We demand that the current appointment of candidates with 15 points and above should be put on hold until we sort out these pending issues,” said Maundu.
The relevant circular indicates that the appointment requirements for literacy promoters are Standard 6 with six years of teaching experience, or Grade 10 with three years of relevant experience and proficiency in the mother tongue or Grade 12 with 20 points.
Maundu said the Opuwo district literacy office will be temporarily closed as from Wednesday at 10h00 and will not be opened before they have an emergency meeting with the education directorate in Opuwo before or on Friday.
Contacted for comment, Jantze said she received the letter and the plans for her and the regional council are to have a meeting with the literacy promoters and the traditional authorities on Monday (17 June).
About the office operation, Jantze said as far as she was concerned the office is still open and working as normal.
“I did not close the office therefore I regard it as being open and people are being helped,” she said.