National audits needed on education policy: DTA

The DTA of Namibia is unhappy and deeply concerned with the education system in the country.

DTA president McHenry Venaani said during a media conference here on Thursday that it is very clear that the education system in Namibia is just heading towards a failure on young people and on the country’s economy.

He noted that it very disturbing that the Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi is pleased with the increase of 0.2 per cent of the graded learners in Grade 12.

The 2014 Grade 12 results were announced on Wednesday.

He said Namibia is aiming at quantity education rather than quality education.

The DTA leader indicated that millions of Government’s money go towards the education system, but the return on that investment is very poor.

“No economy will ever grow on double digits with the same results every year,” said DTA president, adding that there is a need for national audits on the education policy.

“We need to do a greater assessment in the sector of education in order to identify various economic and social factors,” he suggested.

The involvement of the private sector in the education system should be fully considered for a flow between the education sector and economic sector.

He also emphasized that private schools are doing a fantastic job and their learners pass well compared to State schools.

Venaani urged Namibians to consider a move towards vocational training in order to stop the dependence on other countries for products needed here.

“We want to make sure that we train more Namibians to do things with their own hands in order to stop depending on other countries,” he said, adding that other countries are doing well because they have trained their people.

The DTA requested the next government to come up with new strategies in order to improve the education system in the country, and suggested that the next government establish schools of excellence, among others, in the whole country.

Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Sixth Parliament will be sworn-in around 20 March this year.

SOURCE: NAMPA