RECENTLY appointed education minister David Namwandi yesterday urged his staff to ensure that this year is one of punctuality, hard work, commitment and dedication.
Namwandi and Silvia Makgone, his deputy minister, were appointed to their new positions last week by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
Meeting the staff of the ministry for the first time in his new capacity, Namwandi told them to soldier on and form a 'dream team'.
"This ship is on course and the new captain will ensure that it stays on course," he said.
The minister said the emphasis on the way forward will be on strategy.
"No plan is carved in stone. Moreover, no progressive plan should be designed to be static and rigid. Therefore, from time to time, our road map will be reviewed and adjusted to ensure that we are still aiming in the right direction," he said.
He reminded the staff of the importance of the ministry, saying the future of the entire nation rests on how the ministry is run and led.
Namwandi praised Deputy Minister Makgone, describing her as "a dab hand at the business of education who has served Namibian children in the classrooms and has qualified herself well for the task ahead".
Makgone also promised to work with the minister and said the ministry was her 'home' since she was a teacher and principal.
Like Namwandi, the new deputy also encouraged the staff to make the former education minister, the late Abraham Iyambo, proud by delivering good results.