Most pre-and lower-primary teachers unqualified: Unam

25 Feb 2014 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) - About 80 per cent of people teaching in pre-primary and lower-primary schools in Namibia are unqualified, a University of Namibia (Unam) official has said.
Dean of Unam’s Faculty of Education (FoE), Charmaine Villet made this announcement here on Monday during the official launch of the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2013/14.
She said about 2 000 teaching posts in pre- and lower-primary schools are vacant, while some teachers currently teaching on those levels are not qualified to do so.
“The government has estimated that there is a severe shortage of teachers in pre- and lower-primary school in the country,” she said.
Villet stated that the shortage of qualified teachers in that phase of education has a negative impact on the quality of early development education many Namibian children receive.
“Millions of children are not learning the basics, and this is due to the shortage of qualified teachers,” she reiterated.
Villet pointed out that her faculty has plans in place to train more teachers in that phase.
“Many students regard this phase as not being well paid, and because of this stereotype it is very difficult to recruit new teachers for that phase,” said Villet.
She indicated that this stereotype has an impact on the quality of education.
Last year, Cabinet approved the recruitment of teachers from other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries for the 2014 and 2015 academic years.
Such teachers will be recruited from Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya in east Africa.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in collaboration with the MoE and Unam's FoE officially launched the EFA GMR 2013/14 under the theme “Enhancing teacher education for bridging the education quality gap in Sub-Sahara Africa”.
The report was made possible with funds from the People's Republic of China.
EFA GMR is an independent publication commissioned by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on behalf of the international community, and it monitors the global process towards the six EFA goals each year.
Some of the EFA goals are early childhood education, universal primary education, and youth and adult skills and literacy.