The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Poor Education Planning

opinion

I FAIL to understand the statement by the minister of education, Abraham Iyambo, that Namibia will be facing a shortage of teachers up to 2015.

Can someone tell him that this problem was created by poor government strategic planning for destroying colleges countrywide instead of helping them to train enough teachers?

Even countries in the advanced world are operating with colleges, how come underdeveloped Namibia operates with only one university training teachers for 13 regions?

I wonder if Namibia has educational planners to plan the long-term educational needs for this country. Iyambo should learn that they created a monopoly with useless Unam. One needs to learn that one of the side effects of monopoly is to relatively place its price very low to prevent rivals from entering the market, and later on increase fees for the customers.

So fellow Namibians, understand that Unam will increase its fees and poor Namibians will suffer in the long run.

Apart from that, teachers were demanding a 40% salary increment recently and went on illegal strike but nobody listened to them. To make matters worse come January 2013, teachers will quit the teaching profession or strike again until they are given what is due to them. Iyambo, his deputy David Namwandi and Permanent Secretary Alfred Ilukena: the concept of job satisfaction is one of the motivational fact for someone to choose an occupation.

Let me highlight the sad conditions teachers are operating in: we teach classes of 48 grade 12 pupils despite the policy that says the maximum should be 35 students per teacher.

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