24 Jan 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) - The Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi has lashed out at school principals who claim that there is a delay in the provision of stationary to public schools.
The Education Minister was speaking at the prize-giving ceremony of the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) Grade 12 and Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) Grade 10 here on Friday.
Responding on media reports that some schools have started their school year without the needed stationary, the minister said: There is no delay in our education system, and we do not want our children to go without stationary.
He explained that education directors under the directives of the ministry's Permanent Secretary Alfred Ilukena should ensure that their schools have stationary and if they run out of stationery, schools should buy such, because they have been given money by the ministry.
Namwandi also lashed out at school principals who are obliging parents to buy stationary.
Universal Primary Education is real and we want to make it clear that we have set our mission, and whoever wants to interfere we will use minimal interference to rectify the situation, he stressed.
No stationary should be bought by parents for the learners in Grade 0 to Grade 7, he said, adding that parents are not prevented from making donations to the school, but schools must not formalise such donations.
The parents should do this out of their own free will, he said.
Another issue the Education Minister expressed unhappiness about is an article in a local daily which said vocational training students who will apparently not receive student loans for their studies from the Namibia Students Financial Assistant Fund (NSFAF) this year.
Namwandi made it clear that the article is misleading and no such decision was taken.
He indicated that vocational training in the country is important and currently, the line ministry, through the National Institute for Education Development (NIED), is reviewing the school curriculum which will enable vocational subjects to be introduced into the formal schooling system.
The minister said the new curriculum will be announced to the public soon.