16 January 2013

Namibia: Kunene to Reshuffle School Principals

SOME school principals in the Kunene Region will be transferred, the deputy education director in the region, Bernadette Jagger, has announced.

"When you stay at one place you become stagnant and the performance of learners can be affected negatively," Jagger said yesterday.

She said the transfers would be done from February 1, once the permanent secretary had approved them.

Only identified school principals and some heads of department will be affected for now.

The transfers of school principals and managers were done in consultation with the Namibia National Teachers Union and were also approved by school boards at the affected schools, Jagger said.

"Consultative meetings were held with each and every principal affected by the reshuffling and nobody was forced or threatened," Jagger said.

The decision to move the principals around was based on the performance of the schools since 2009.

Department heads at primary schools will be most affected, as they form the basis of junior and secondary education, Jagger said.

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