Adult education still important: Kavihuha

The Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN) said the adult education is still important in the Namibian society as it does only cater for adults but also young Namibians.

In a media briefing here on Friday, TUN Secretary General, Mahongora Kavihuha said that the emphasis has long moved from the narrow confines of reading, writing, and numeracy programmes only for old and adult to more broader issues in the scope of learning across the spectrum of age.

Kavihuha said the current system also includes the street kids, grade 10 and grade 12 drop outs, adding that this is right.

The inclusion of the street kids or some primary to secondary school drop -outs is the right thing to do in contemporary to lifelong learning programmes- certainly not to chop or retrench the service providers and numeracy recipients, he said.

The said the study that was done to evaluate the progress of the program did not say anything about the greater social economic circumstance of acute poverty, persistent drought, especially in the targeted area (Khomas, Omaheke and Zambezi), and necessarily in the country at large.

Kavihuha said lifelong learning involves more that the skills need to work, it is also about the skills needed to participate in the democratic society.

There can be no doubt that the proposed retrenchment and quotas will hamper the little progress we had far achieved and put us back or detracts us from the achievement for far scored, Secretary General stated.

The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture will be retrenching about 500 adult education promoters and also introduce a quota system for promoters whose job is to train and help practitioners.

Source: Namibia Press Agency