Swapo’s //Karas coordinator happy with free secondary education

NAUTE DAM: The Swapo-Party Regional Coordinator for the //Karas Region, Matheus Mumbala has applauded Government’s decision to provide free secondary education by 2016.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba announced at Keetmanshoop on Thursday that a decision was taken by Cabinet on Tuesday directing the Minister of Education David Namwandi to make preparations so that no school fees will have to be paid for children attending secondary education school as from 2016.

This comes after the introduction of free primary education, which was announced at the beginning of last year.

Mumbala commended the Namibian Government’s decision in an interview with Nampa at the Naute Dam irrigation scheme on Friday afternoon.

“The majority of parents living in //Karas are not able to pay the school fees of their children. We welcome this Government decision with open hands. We are happy now that the Swapo-Party led Government is positively taking care of the very people that elected them into positions of power,” he said.

Announcing the decision on Thursday, Pohamba said Government will pay the school fees of all children in the country as from 2016.

“No more parents will be asked to pay school fees. This decision by the Government will lift the burden put on the shoulders of parents with regards to payment of school fees at the moment,” he stated.

Pohamba also called on young people living in the //Karas Region to make use of the University of Namibia (Unam)’s southern campus situated at Keetmanshoop to further their studies in order to help improve their living conditions and those of their family members in future.

He made the announcement in the presence of //Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi and several prominent Nama traditional leaders.