Teachers who record struggling learners could be punished: Steenkamp

02 Jul 2019 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp has warned that teachers who record learners during classroom sessions and later make a mockery of them, may be punished.
Steenkamp issued the warning here Tuesday while launching Edulution, a digital learning company that runs after school numeracy and literacy programmes in Zambia and now, in Namibia.
She raised a concern that there are teachers who use their cellphones during class to record learners who have difficulty in pronouncing certain English words and thereafter ridicule them.
Steenkamp said teachers should refrain from doing so and stop using gadgets in classrooms if it is not for educational purposes.
“If a cellphone or tablet is not for educational purposes, then it does not have a place in the classroom… As the ministry, it is not in our mandate to make a mockery of our learners,” she said.
Steenkamp further reminded the teachers that the ministry’s aim is to instil knowledge and nurture learners from an early age.
This, she said, is more than just shaping the future of everyone that passes through their hands, but also to shape the future of the nation.