Namwandi addresses Day of the African Child commemoration

WINDHOEK: The Namibian government through the Ministry of Education will take action against parents who delay their children’s education progress.

Education Minister David Namwandi made this remark during the commemoration of the Day of the African Child under the theme ‘A child-friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa’ in the capital on Monday.

“We will take serious action against some parents who are delaying the education progress of children and those misusing children, especially on farms,” he said.

Namwandi noted that the Namibian government is a caring government as it has allocated about 22 per cent of the national budget to education, which translates to eight per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

The Education Ministry received an allocation of N.dollars 13,1 billion for the 2014/15 financial year compared to N.dollars 10,7 billion received in the 2013/14 financial year.

Namwandi said the allocation was provided to ensure that every Namibian child attends school.

“We introduced Universal Primary Education (UPE) in Namibia and plan to include Universal Secondary Education. Compulsory education applies to school attendance for the purpose of receiving an education,” the minister said.

Namwandi explained that compulsory education means that children’s right to attend school cannot be denied by the State, their parents or guardians or the community.

Article 20 of the Namibian Constitution states that primary education shall be compulsory and the State shall provide reasonable facilities to render effective this right for every resident within Namibia, by establishing and maintaining State schools at which primary education will be provided free of charge.

A decision taken by Cabinet on 11 March 2014 directed Namwandi 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.