SWAKOPMUND, 15 Mar. – The fact that many qualified and legendary educators are retiring or leaving the education sector is worrisome, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has said.
Addressing principals from the Erongo Region at Swakopmund on Thursday, Hanse-Himarwa said such professionals are very important to keeping the education sector strong because of their knowledge and wisdom.
“It is not that I do not trust the ability of young people to manage the education in this country but those veterans know education in-depth and have passion for what they have been doing. I am just worried that most of them are leaving,” she said.
The minister expanded that the future is heading into an era where children will be taught by robots and through e-learning.
This does not sit well with her, as she argued that the interaction between teachers and learners is very important because there is much more that learners can be taught such as good behaviour and morals.
“I am foreseeing the future where everything is electronic and I hope it will not be bad for our children in terms of how they will function in society,” she said, urging principals to continue to be leaders that can inspire excellent results at their schools and region.
Hanse-Himarwa said leadership in education should start at primary level, where children are moulded into responsible citizens.
“If we as teachers do not mould children well – some of whom are already messed up by their parents – we will end up creating our own little monsters who will rob and rape people in the streets after leaving school,” she said.
The minister thus called on the public to collectively educate and raise children instead of leaving the process to teachers.
The minister said every end of the year when the Grade 10 and 12 results are announced, more people come out to criticise and complain about poor performance.
“The president [Hage Geingob] declared this year a year of reckoning. As such, I will not reckon alone. I need the support of every stakeholder,” she said.
At the same event, Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua urged principals to properly maintain buildings and other infrastructure.
“These are property which we will pass on to our future generations and if we did not manage them properly now, they will not be here tomorrow,” Mutjavikua said.