SHORTAGE OF TEACHERS IN NAMIBIA HAMPERS PERFORMANCE IN SOME SUBJECTS

A shortage of teachers in Namibia has negatively affected performances in subjects such as African languages, accounting, arts and design, and keyboard and word processing, says Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa.

Announcing the Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate and Grade 12 National Senior Secondary Certificate Higher Level results here Tuesday, she said: "In order to address this shortcoming, I have tasked my team to engage the Namibia Students' Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) to consider these subject areas as priority for awarding loans or scholarships to prospective students who will have to engage higher education institutions to assist us in increasing their intake for these subject areas."

Hanse-Himarwa said her Ministry had also made great strides in realising inclusivity to the extent that more students from schools for the visually- and hearing-impaired now sit for external examinations. However, much more still needs to be done in assisting these schools, teachers and learners, she added.

"This can be done by increasing education grants to these schools, translation of textbooks into Braille, adequate provision of learning support materials and involvement of teaching staff in professional development activities," said the minister.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK