Mzingisi Gqwede is new Hardap education director

03 Sep 2013 11:40
KEETMANSHOOP, 03 SEP (NAMPA) - The new director of education for the Hardap Region, Mzingisi Gqwede officially commenced his duties at Mariental on Monday, taking over from Deputy and acting Director Ehrenfriede Kauraisa-Stephanus.
Gqwede was Deputy Director in the Division of Diagnostic, Advisory and Training Services in the Ministry of Education, stationed at the ministry’s head office in the capital before being appointed as Education Director.
He took over from former Hardap Education Director Ben Boys, who retired on 30 November 2012 after serving in that position for five years.
In his acceptance speech on Monday, the new director noted that there is indeed a serious need to reverse the perpetual poor performance the region has become known for, thus he and the school leaders will primarily focus on that issue.
“The July 2013 education conference’s resolutions are the starting point. I want them implemented without fail. You cannot imagine how many people would love to see Hardap getting back to their good performance. It can be done if we re-commit ourselves to restoring the glory and dignity of the region,” he said.
Gqwede said he believes school principals are the key to the region’s academic success, and used the opportunity to encourage them to work hard for the benefit of the Namibian children who need education.
“The worst case scenario to expect is that if a principal does not perform, I would take it personal to find someone who will perform in his or her place. This will not be anything personal - it is an accountability process that you need to give back to Government for the good investment made in you,” he told the principals at the welcoming ceremony.
He also noted that two-way communication between supervisors and subordinates is one of the key elements of timely delivery on tasks, and a way for people to learn from each other.
Gqwede further encouraged proper work ethic and discouraged absenteeism, late-coming and slacking.
“There are Government employees who are hardly in their offices; they are often spotted wandering around town and in shebeens. In most cases they are engaged in private business using Government-paid time to enrich themselves. This is not right,” he charged.
He noted that starting next week, he will be visiting all schools in the region, especially secondary schools, to acquaint himself with the achievements, challenges and plans to overcome such challenges.