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The Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi on Friday directed inspectors, principles, education officers, and teachers to implement a ‘back to school’ campaign by June this year.

He raised the concern that three per cent of compulsory school-going age children are not attending school during a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector in the Otjozondjupa Region at the Out of Africa Lodge in Otjiwarongo on Friday.

“It has also been observed that a highly disturbing number of compulsory school-going age children have either dropped out of school, or are unfairly excluded from attending school,” he bemoaned.

Orientation programmes should be educational by nature and should take place under full supervision of teachers to guard against any forms of abuse, teasing, humiliation, and any other inhuman treatment.

Namwandi said the ministry depends on inspectors of education and other educators to ensure that parents, traditional leaders, local authority, spiritual leaders, business community, employers, police and all other stakeholders understand the importance of regular school attendance and the responsibility of all stakeholders to oversee that learners understand and accept their responsibility.

Parents should be reminded to inspire their children’s habits of punctual and regular attendance during the school calendar.

Principals must ensure that leaders and learners adhere to the school calendar and no child is sent home before the last day of the school calendar.

Namwandi said school board members have to take active interest in the rate of attendance of learners in their school and should when deemed necessary, demand principals to provide detailed information on attendance trends and problems.

Some teachers are also guilty of not attending classes, according to Namwandi.

“There are dynamics causing ill-discipline in our schools. It is therefore imperative that we visit our schools, analyse the situation on the ground together with the school community and on how to combat indiscipline in our schools,” he stressed.

WINDHOEK; The Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi has directed inspectors, principals, education officers, and teachers to implement a ‘back to school’ campaign by June this year.

He raised the concern that three per cent of children of school-going age in Namibia are not attending school during a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector on Friday.

The meeting took place at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region and was attended by more than 140 education officials from the Khomas, Erongo, Omaheke, Karas and Otjozondjupa Regions.

“It has also been observed that a highly disturbing number of compulsory school-going age children have either dropped out of school, or are unfairly excluded from attending school,” he noted.

Namwandi said the ministry depends on inspectors of education and other educators to ensure that parents, traditional leaders, local authority, spiritual leaders, the business community, employers, police and all other stakeholders understand the importance of regular school attendance and the responsibility of all stakeholders to oversee that learners understand and accept their responsibility.

Parents should also be reminded to inspire habits of punctual and regular attendance during the school calendar term in their children, he added, while principals must ensure that leaders and learners adhere to the school calendar, and that no child is sent home before the last day of the school term.

The Education Minister said school board members have to take an active interest in the rate of learners’ school attendance and should, when deemed necessary, demand that principals provide detailed information on attendance trends and problems.

Some teachers are also guilty of not attending classes, according to Namwandi.

“There are dynamics causing ill-discipline in our schools. It is therefore imperative that we visit our schools, analyse the situation on the ground with the school community and discuss how to combat indiscipline in our schools,” he stressed.

The Education Minister told those present the meeting was called so that he could urge school inspectors, advisory teachers and principals to perform to a more satisfactory level this year.

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