More teachers for Oshana

The new teachers will assist with the implementation of the platoon teaching system for grade one.

04 February 2020 | Education

The education ministry has allocated 38 additional teachers to Oshana to help the region implement the new curriculum.

Regional education director Hileni Amukana is now requesting stakeholders to provide leadership in order for the region to succeed.

Amukana said the new additions were pre-primary teachers, as well as teachers for grades one, 10 and 11. She revealed this during the Oshana education stakeholders meeting at Ongwediva last week.

“The good news I can share with you is that we have been given the allocation of teachers we have requested, even if it is not 100%. It is now up to my deputy, Gerhard Ndafenongo, to allocate them.

“This is not the number of teachers we requested, but at least those children who were sitting without a teacher, especially in pre-primary, grade one and grade 10, will now get teachers,” said Amukana.

“Your classes might still remain overcrowded, I am sure we will surpass the teacher-learner ratio. Our ratio will not be exactly 30 learners per teacher, but we will go up to 35 or more because we do not have all the teachers. However, I appreciate the allocation that the government has done for us.”

She said the region could now implement a platoon teaching system for grade one learners and also have classes at Ekuku.

Amukana said she was aware that schools were implementing the curriculum with limited resources, but she urged them to do their best.

She said in 1991 when the previous curriculum was introduced she was a teacher and they did wonders with very little.

She said she was aware that not all schools had been given their 2019 funding allocations and promised that they would get their allocations before the end of the financial year.

“I am going to reinforce these aspects with the importance of leadership, from principal, teacher, learner, parental and community participation in curriculum management and delivery. This should be a collective effort. It is therefore important to understand the aspirations of the curriculum,” she said.

“It is for this reason that leadership is critical for us to succeed. My dear principals, you are the backbone of our education system. You are all we have to implement and succeed with our curriculum. I am aware that the budget is limited and I appreciate your efforts you make every day to deliver amidst the challenges. I am aware of limited resources: human resources, classrooms, furniture and so on.

“To our parents and all stakeholders, we thank you for your continuous support. Without your support curriculum delivery will not be effective. Please assist our schools, your schools, to ensure that we give the best to our children.

ILENI NANDJATO

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