School year kicks into gear

More than 12,000 new learners entered the Namibian educational system this week when they reported for the first timesin their lives to primary schools across the country, to start Grade 1.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Education in response to questions from the Economist, in excess of 12000 learners are expected to adorn their school uniforms for the first time, a 3% rise from the previous year, all in all due to the introduction of universal education in 2013.
Ms Johanna Absalom, Chief Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education remarked on the adoption of universal education and noted that, “Following the implementation of Universal Primary Education, the Ministry of Education recognises that there is a high demand for free education in Namibia. In 2013, the enrolment rate in public schools increased. Likely so, high enrolment rate translated to the need for more classrooms, qualified teachers and training for teachers and principals on the usage of the funds by school principals, meaning the handling of procurement at school level.
“I am happy to report that the necessary training to all school principals, school boards and school secretaries was provided and this will continue in 2014.
To address the shortage of classrooms, money has been made available to build additional classrooms for the 2014 intake. Teachers have also been recruited.
Ms Absalom expressed her confidence in the ministry’s readiness for the academic year and remarked that, “The Ministry of Education is ready to address the shortage of classrooms, money has been made available to build additional classrooms for the 2014 intake.