Pedestrian dies after being hit by a car

ONGWEDIVA: A pedestrian died near Omuthiya after being hit by a car while crossing the road on Wednesday.

The deceased has been identified as 47-year old Bleam Ananias.

The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at Omuthiya have opened a culpable homicide docket, after a BMW 530i bumped the pedestrian in the area on Wednesday.

The Deputy Regional Commander of NamPol in the Oshikoto Region, Deputy Commissioner William Peter confirmed this to Nampa yesterday.

Peter said the accident occurred at Oshifukwa Cuca Shop some 10km from Omuthiya Town towards Ondangwa at about 21h15.

According to Peter, the driver of the BMW with a registration plate N29148SH was travelling from Omuthiya at the time of the accident.

Ananias died on the spot.

WINDHOEK: Namibia lacks suitably qualified academic staff at higher education institutions in the areas of postgraduate and research. This is amongst the findings of a study conducted the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

The study was conducted in 2010 at the University of Namibia (UNAM), the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) and the International University of Management (IUM).

According to the findings of the study, there was a lack of academics with the required qualifications to provide the needed boost in postgraduate and research output programmes.

Launching that study in the capital yesterday, NCHE’s Executive Director, Mocks Shivute, explained that there has been deliberate efforts under the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP) funding through the NCHE to address staff capacities at public higher education institutions.

Since 2007, approximately N.dollars 6.4 million have been invested in academic staff development at public higher education institutions. Shivute indicated that a total of 108 academic staff from UNAM and the PoN have benefited from this funding.