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.