15 Jul 2013 10:20
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) ? Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua has called for the challenges faced by the Namibian education system, such as the high repetition and drop-out rates in local schools, to be urgently addressed.
She said this in a statement read on her behalf by her special advisor, Moses !Omeb during the launching of the Education for All (EFA) week at the Jan Möhr High School in the capital on Monday.
EFA week is this year being observed under the theme ?Every Child Needs a Teacher: Trained Teachers for All?.
McLeod-Katjirua said other challenges which need attention are learners? below average performances in reading and mathematics.
The governor, however, also noted some achievements obtained in the Namibian education sector, such as improved access to education for remote, marginalised communities; improved access to education for the majority of learners in the country; the integration of EFA goals into the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP); and an improvement in girls? access to primary education.
?I can confirm without any hesitation that the political determination and will is continuously demonstrated in all spheres through tangible and visible commitment to this priority sector,? McLeod-Katjirua said.
She further stated that according to the United Nations? Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), 1,7 million more teachers are needed to deliver universal primary education by 2015 - one million more in Africa alone.
That organisation has also revealed that 61 million children worldwide are not in primary school.
McLeod-Katjirua indicated that every child in Africa, and globally, has the right to quality education, but no child has a chance of realising that right without effective teachers.
Also, although progress has been made towards getting every child in school, there is a lack of professional, well-trained and well-supported teachers in the country.
EFA is a global movement led by Unesco, and is aimed at meeting the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by the year 2015.