Education director denies handpicking candidates

28 November 2019 | Education

Ohangwena education director Isak Hamatwi has rejected claims of unfair recruitment of school principals.

The regional education directorate had shortlisted nine candidates from a pool of 120 applicants for eight vacancies.

The recruitment was done during the last school term at schools such as Ohaindongo, Mahangu, Omahenge and Enyana.

Critics claimed it was unfair to invite only nine applicants for interviews.

“For the process to be fair, they were supposed to invite as many candidates as possible to each school and interview them. Now, if the successful candidate cannot take up the position due to other reasons, who will replace them? We would like the process to be redone and make it fair enough,” one critic said.

When contacted, the regional deputy chairperson of the Namibia National Teachers Union (Nantu), Shaalukeni Darius, referred Namibian Sun to the chairperson, George Hafilwa, who declined to comment, saying the complaint had not reached his office.

The Ohangwena education director, Isak Hamatwi, denied that candidates were “handpicked” for the vacant positions.

“We received 120 applications for these eight positions. All these 120 applicants were invited for a written test interview. Unfortunately, we found ourselves in a complex situation after the nine best candidates were shortlisted at every school, because they had all applied to all the schools,” Hamatwi said.

He said there would be no point in interviewing each of them eight times, once for each vacancy.

“If we were to interview them school by school, we would just sit with the same people at all the schools, answering the same questions. We therefore decided to interview them just once. This does not mean they were handpicked for positions,” he said.

Hamatwi said in the interest of fairness the personnel office had assigned a number to each applicant who did the written interview so that the markers could not know whose scripts they were marking.

ILENI NANDJATO

Similar News

 

The youth speak up

22 hours ago | Education

Elizabeth JosephYoung people all over Windhoek came together this weekend to discuss ways in which the health ministry and the government can make hospital facilities...

Grade 1 class receives hope

22 hours ago | Education

Elizabeth Joseph Many Namibian children go to school without shoes or so much as a meal to get them through the day. The children...

O&L Leisure ondersteun voorskoolse leerlinge

22 hours ago | Education

30 voorskoolse leerlinge van die Gekombineerde Skool Kasika in die Kasika nedersetting in die Zambezistreek was die ontvangers van ’n skenking van O&L Leisure, ’n...

WAP plant bietjie!

22 hours ago | Education

Die onderwysers van Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool (WAP) het besluit om spekbome by die skool te plant om bietjie terug te ploeg in die omgewing. Die...

Verseker inklusiwiteit op alle vlakke

22 hours ago | Education

Justicia ShipenaOnder die tema “Learning for, planet, prosperity, and peace”, het die ministerie van onderwys, kuns en kultuur, in samewerking met Unesco en Concordia College,...

Same old, same old

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Education

At Nkurenkuru Combined School in Kavango West Region, learners are being taught under trees, seated on the floor or standing for hours due to a...

Parents urged to assist schools

4 days ago - 24 January 2020 | Education

The education ministry is urging parents to assist schools in whatever way possible although basic education is free.The ministry made the call while responding to...

Learners sent home over broken pots

5 days ago - 23 January 2020 | Education

The over 1 200 learners at Max Makushe Senior Secondary School in the Kavango East Region have been sent home until further notice because of...

Parents fume over costly new uniforms

5 days ago - 23 January 2020 | Education

Parents say the introduction of good-looking school uniforms does not guarantee an improvement in academic performance, behaviour or attendance.Last week, Namibian Sun caught up with...

A beacon of hope

5 days ago - 23 January 2020 | Education

The Tsintsabis Combined School's feeding programme has received resounding support from stakeholders since its implementation in 2004, acting principal Christalina Narubes said.During an interview at...

Latest News

No evidence of ritual killing

22 hours ago | Crime

The police are contemplating DNA tests, if the police kitty allows, to identify the young Zimbabwean girl whose charred remains were found in a garbage...

Lightning kills 11 cattle in...

22 hours ago | Accidents

A farmer at Epingiro village in the Kavango West Region's Ncamagoro Constituency suffered a loss when lightning killed 11 of his cattle on Sunday evening....

A day in the life...

22 hours ago | People

Michelline Nawatises Samuel Mayele Nghipandulwa is 23 years old and hails from Ruacana, Oshifo. He started grade one and two at Oshoopala Combined School and...

Land question remains unanswered

22 hours ago | Opinion

We have said before that land reform in Namibia, which is currently a hot topic, should not be politicised. There is a general agreement that...

The importance of a pat...

22 hours ago | Columns

Ester KamatiWe often overlook how important it is for a person to be thanked or praised after they’ve put their energy into something which eventually...

Judges throw out shocking spliff...

22 hours ago | Justice

A N$4 000 fine or two-year prison sentence for possession of a single two-gram dagga joint worth N$20 was tossed out by two High Court...

Your future in dance awaits

22 hours ago | Youth

Ester Kamati The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation Trust has the main mandate to create social awareness through the arts and has been doing so for the...

The youth speak up

22 hours ago | Education

Elizabeth JosephYoung people all over Windhoek came together this weekend to discuss ways in which the health ministry and the government can make hospital facilities...

Grade 1 class receives hope

22 hours ago | Education

Elizabeth Joseph Many Namibian children go to school without shoes or so much as a meal to get them through the day. The children...

Load More