26 November 2012

Namibia: Reintroduce Religious Instruction? SPYL

Oshakati — The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) has urged the Ministry of Education to re-introduce religious education in Namibian schools to reinforce moral values among learners.

During the SPYL National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the wing deliberated on the reintroduction of religious and moral education in Namibian schools.

In the wake of escalating crimes of passion and other related domestic violence incidents, the SPYL said it is time that religious education is reintroduced in schools.

In the press statement issued by SPYL Secretary for Information and Publicity, Job Amupanda, last week, the youth wing also asked government to attach social workers to all schools, in order to assess and deal with learners' social problems at an early stage.

Furthermore, Amupanda said the SPYL NEC plans to speed up the implementation of the SPYL Education Fund in order to assist many SPYL members who are finding it difficult to pay for their education.

"To that end, we anticipate the SPYL comrades in business to come out in large numbers to contribute to the SPYL Education Fund," reads the statement. The SPYL has further accused certain leaders in the Namibian National Student Organisation (NANSO) of using the organisation for their own gain and not for the purpose it was established.

"To this effect, we call on the Ministry of Education to review its relationship with NANSO," said Amupanda.

The SPYL NEC has replaced Bernadus Swartbooi and Ono Nangolo with Evaristus Evaristus and Lucas Tshuuya as the committee's chairperson and deputy chairperson, respectively.

Paulus Mbangu has been elected as secretary for labour, while Naftali Kambungu is the new secretary for legal affairs, and Josafat Hiwana has been elected as an additional member of the NEC and he will chair the newly established Special Standing Committee of the NEC.

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