KEETMANSHOOP, 05 APR – The Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka has called on principals in the //Kharas Region to provide quality education despite the limited resources at their disposal.
Nghipondoka made these remarks at a meeting with regional directors and school principals in Karasburg on Wednesday held under the theme ‘Everything rises and falls on leadership’.
She said principals and teachers should stop blaming the government and instead use the limited resources and make use of them.
“Resources are not the issue because we see some schools that have many resources but they still do not perform well and the learners do fail,” the deputy minister said.
She also said principals should learn to prioritise as some issues are more crucial than others.
Nghipondoka also urged principals to develop a positive attitude towards teachers, learners and parents, adding that they should work together as a learning community and develop positive relationships, as positive attitudes lead to positive results.
“Also do not suffer in silence, allow your teachers to be involved in your daily schedule, make them feel useful by passing responsibilities on to them. They could for instance run the agenda for the daily meeting,” she said.
Nghipondoka then addressed the issue of teachers who do not want to improve themselves as they complain do not have laptops and wireless internet.
“You are well paid, get out of the culture of being given everything and pay for your own laptops and Wi-Fi for your own growth and to improve the quality of education,” the deputy minister said.