Pupils Difficult to Teach These Days – Namwandi

MINISTER of Education David Namwandi yesterday said today’s pupils are difficult to teach so teachers must be committed.

Namwandi said this at the commemoration of the Day of the African Child attended by pupils from various schools in Windhoek, the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Rosalia Nghidinwa, Unicef representative Micaela Marques de Sousa and UNESCO representative Cecilia Barbieri.

The deputy speaker of the Children’s Parliament, Shaandre Finnies, and the Windhoek junior mayor, Wilmari Horn, also attended the event, which was celebrated under the theme: “A child-friendly, Quality, Free and Compulsory Education for All Children in Africa,” at the after school centre in Grysblok, Katutura.

Namwandi warned parents against keeping their children at farms and away from education.

“Be warned that the ministry will not leave any stone unturned. We will ensure that those who hinder the development of the African Child are brought to book.

“Let this message be taken seriously, as the government will not tolerate this. We will ensure that children are not denied the chance to get education,” said Namwandi.

Nghidinwa warned pupils against engaging in early sexual activity as it leads to early pregnancy which hinders them from being educated.

“You are still a child. You cannot give birth to another child. This leads to dependency, economic insecurity and poverty,” he said.

Nghidinwa also said countries that allow early marriages deprive children of education opportunities.

“Lack of education leads to dependency on husbands and this leads to gender-based violence and the continuation of the poverty cycle,” said Nghidinwa.

Finnies said it is not enough to have quality free education only but other issues should be addressed as well.

“What is the point of having free quality education, if pupils don’t have transport to school or they go to school hungry? It is vital that these issues are addressed,” Finnies said.

De Sousa congratulated the government for the free pre-primary education and for plans to make secondary education free.

“Namibia is one of the highest investors in education and for that we thank you. It is not the same all over Africa as young children in Nigeria, Malawi and Somalia are being robbed of their education through early marriages and sexual assault and other factors,” De Sousa said.

She said although Namibia has a high dropout rate, she assured the country of “full support in dealing with this problem. There will be a study conducted”.

Collin Mbok, a 13-year-old Grade 7 pupil said: “African children should study hard so that they can support others who are struggling when they start working.”

A 13-year-old Grade six pupil, Rodney Skrywer also encouraged peers to study hard and not drop out of school.

Source : The Namibian