Teachers urged to stay away from politics

Challenges discussed

28 January 2020 | Education

Anna Nghipondoka; Deputy minister; “Just because we don’t support the same political party does not mean we should not work together.”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

The deputy minister of education, arts and culture (MEAC), Anna Nghipondoka, cautioned teachers to stay away from politics while teaching.

Nghipondoka addressed members of the education fraternity about the revised Cambridge University curriculum, examination results and promotional requirements policy during her regional visit at the Namib Primary School hall.

Grades 10, 11 and 12 principals as well as heads of department and circuit inspectors were present as the curriculum mostly effects these grades.

Nghipondoka called on all teachers to work together regardless of their political affiliation saying politics is killing education and should not be allowed to influence what’s been done in schools.

“Just because we don’t support the same political party does not mean we should not work together to implement government policies. Teachers should not talk politics to parents or to learners. Rather do such things in your private time.”

The deputy minister also accused some individuals of deliberately creating a misconception about the new school curriculum in a ploy to make it fail.

“Everybody is now an expert in education. Some people are creating misconceptions not because they are ignorant, but because the reforms do not serve their own interest. They want to sabotage it as it requires them to do things which they don’t want to do.”
According to Nghipondoka, some principals are called “puppets” by the teachers because they embrace and want to implement the new curriculum.

She encouraged stakeholders in education to look at challenges experienced by the ministry during the current difficult economic time as stepping stones.

“Solve the challenges that can be solved by schools within the school’s resources. Do not wait for government to solve them because you might wait for a long time,” Nghipondoka said.

She highlighted that in the northern and north eastern regions, where over 100 secondary schools have been established, implementing the new curriculum for grade 10 would face numerous challenges.

“More teachers and teaching material is needed especially for learners who are now in grade 10 as they are now in senior secondary school. There are also 404 teachers who are yet to be placed in positions as MEAC is still looking for funds.”

Overcrowding remains a problem as people just appear at schools without applying, saying they want their children to be admitted.

Nghipondoka urged teachers to be experts in the subjects they teach, saying that learners only fail when the teacher fails and not due to overcrowded classrooms or when there are not enough books available.

MEAC was given seven years to implement the new curriculum and they are currently in their sixth year of implementation.

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