Education Minister says now that Govt has made primary and secondary education free, parents should ensure that all children attend school

NAMAVAMBI: Education Minister, Dr David Namwandi says now that Government has made primary and secondary education free, parents should ensure that come next year, all children attend school.

Speaking during the handing over of five schools in the Kavango West and East regions on Thursday, he urged parents and caregivers to ensure that all children attend school, as it the only way Vision 2030 will be realised.

A decision taken by Cabinet on 11 March 2014 directed the Education Ministry to make all necessary arrangements so that no Namibian parent or guardian will be required to pay school fees at secondary education level as from the 2016 academic year.

This comes after the introduction of free primary education at the beginning of 2013.

Namwandi said parents should be the watchdogs in their communities to help fulfill the promise of compulsory education, and ensure that children complete their secondary education.

He went on to say Government has proved its seriousness by allocating more than 22 per cent of the national budget to education, of which five per cent is allocated towards capital projects, while the rest is for the operational budget.

Namwandi stated that although the ministry is grateful for this commitment, the allocation is not sufficient to cater for the ministry’s entire plans to construct, expand and renovate schools.