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The Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi on Friday expressed unhappiness with the delays involved in appointing and promoting school teachers in order to speed up the learning and teaching processes at schools in the regions.

Namwandi was speaking at a meeting in Otjiwarongo on Friday where more than 140 regional education officials from Khomas, Erongo, Omaheke, Karas and Otjozondjupa Regions had gathered.

He said the meeting was called by him so that he could come and urge them (regional education school inspectors, advisory teachers and principals) to perform to a satisfactory level this year.

“Dear crucial stakeholders, I have called you today to this important meeting because we acknowledge the crucial contribution and role you play in the molding of our Namibian children, thus you are considered by my office as indispensable,” said Namwandi.

He said the meeting was aimed at him to come and urge them to renew their vows they made to the nation in 2010 that they will take the education system of Namibia to greater heights.

Deputy Education Minister, Silvia Makgone was also present to the meeting.

In his five-hour long speech, Namwandi expressed dissatisfaction in the slow process involved in the appointment, transfers and promotion of teachers to the schools.

“This is a concern to me. Appointments of teachers are not done on time and learners can go for two months or a whole term without a teacher in the classroom. Why should this happen if while we have education inspectors appointed to oversee these processes?” Namwandi wants to know.

He also asked where their interest was if one of their jobs was to quickly fill up a vacancy left by a teacher at a school in the regions.

Namwandi said several text messages (Smses) have been texted to his cellphone or to the newspaper on issues of not having a teacher in a classroom at certain school or that of not having the right teacher placed for a certain subject.

He said things should not be done this way that they; regional education school inspectors, advisory teachers and principals should wait until the beginning of a year to get a teacher appointed to fill a vacancy.

On the issue of promotion, Namwandi said education school inspectors should guide the School Board members on the right teacher to be promoted.

“Remember that School Board members only recommend to us and it is the Ministry that appoints. If that is so, why do we have misplacement of teachers in our system?” he said.

Namwandi warned them (regional education school inspectors, advisory teachers and principals) to stop the favouritism and nepotism practices when promoting teachers and rather start to serve the nation objectively without fear or favour.

He said the human resources advisory committee (HRAC) members should also shun tribalism, nepotism, favouritism, ethnicity, racism and laziness when considering appointments or promotions of teachers.

“I appeal to all of you colleagues to take this advice seriously. Let us roll up our sleeves because enough is enough and things cannot go on this way,” noted Namwandi.

OTJIWARONGO: The Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi on Friday expressed his unhappiness with the delays involved in appointing and promoting teachers which he says would speed up the learning and teaching process at schools.

Namwandi was speaking at a meeting in Otjiwarongo on Friday where more than 140 regional education officials from the Khomas, Erongo, Omaheke, Karas and Otjozondjupa Regions had gathered.

He said the meeting was called so that he could urge school inspectors, advisory teachers and principals to perform to a more satisfactory level this year.

“I have called you to this important meeting because we acknowledge the crucial contribution and role you play in the moulding of our Namibian children, thus you are considered by my office as indispensable,” said Namwandi.

Deputy Education Minister, Silvia Makgone was also present to the meeting.

In his five-hour long speech, the minister expressed dissatisfaction in the slow process involved in the appointment, transfers and promotion of teachers.

“This is a concern to me. Appointments of teachers are not done on time and learners can go for two months or a whole term without a teacher in the classroom. Why should this happen while we have education inspectors appointed to oversee these processes?” Namwandi stated.

He said he has received several text messages or read such messages in local newspapers containing complaints about a lack of teachers in classroom or from people who feel the wrong teacher has been appointed to teach a certain subject.

On the issue of promotion, Namwandi said inspectors should guide school board members on the right teachers to be promoted.

“Remember that school board members only recommend to us and it is the ministry that appoints. If that is so, why do we have misplacement of teachers in our system?” he said.

The Education Minister also warned that practices of favouritism and nepotism should be halted in the promotion of teachers.

He said members of the human resources advisory committee (HRAC) should also shun tribalism, nepotism, favouritism, ethnicity, racism and laziness when considering the appointment or promotion of teachers.

“I appeal to all of you colleagues to take this advice seriously. Let us roll up our sleeves because enough is enough and things cannot go on this way,” noted Namwandi.

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