New Era (Windhoek)

4 February 2013

Namibia: Use Education Resources Wisely, Teachers Told

Swakopmund — The Chief Regional Officer (CRO) of the Erongo Region, Nathalia /Goagoses, has urged the education fraternity in the region to make use of the improved resource allocation by the ministry.

She was referring to the education resources that were made available by the Ministry of Education to improve the performance of learners throughout the region. /Goagoses was speaking during a meeting with principals held at Swakopmund last Wednesday.

She urged the education sector to make collective and concerted efforts to mitigate challenges faced by the region. /Goagoses noted that the Erongo regional office has embarked on various strategies to support learners and schools in the region.

"We will continuously work together to increase textbooks and stationery supplies, appoint more teachers, provide furniture and make provisions for performance incentives for rural schools, such as achievement awards," she said.

/Goagoses stressed that education is a shared responsibility and all stakeholders must contribute to the wellbeing of teachers, as well as learners. She also urged teachers to be firm and effective in terms of managing and teaching learners.

"We must uphold our mandate. Service delivery, effective teaching and learning must take place all the time in the classroom. All available time should be managed and be coordinated for teaching only," she said.

"Improving learner performance should be our day to day responsibility. It should be our core function and all our programmes should be geared towards learner achievement," /Goagoses told teachers.

Effective school management develops school climates and cultures that help motivate both learners and teachers and create better teaching and learning environments, she said

"Effective leaders plan and allocate resources, monitor progress, provide organizational infrastructure and remove barriers to learning," said the CRO.

She also told teachers to refrain from absenteeism and cellphone usage in classrooms and to focus more on learners so that the Erongo Region can achieve a better pass rate.

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