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11 February 2015 | Short News

Constitution can withstand the test of time “We are proud that we gave the people of Namibia a constitution which can withstand the test of time.” These were the noble remarks of former Namibian politician and member of the first Constituent Assembly, Andrew Matjila, as the country celebrated Constitution Day on Monday. The Namibian Constitution was adopted with 71 signatories on February 9, 1990 after the country voted in the 1989 elections which heralded a new constitutional democracy. Matjila was part of the 20 brave men and women who changed the course of Namibian history by producing this piece of legislation in just 80 days in 1989. He told Nampa in an interview that he is convinced Namibia's living document is unique, and will remain as is until Vision 2030 is realised. Namibia needs a Salary Commission - MP Namibia needs a salary commission to regulate and control salaries paid by institutions in the country. This was the view of Member of Parliament Eliphas Ndingara on Tuesday. During discussions on the minimum wages for domestic workers introduced in December last year, he proposed that this salary commission could also conduct research on suitable salary increases for institutions or employers wishing to increase their employees' salaries. “This way, salaries can be determined at a controlled point. The commission would have to investigate and find a suitable salary or minimum wage for workers of that institution,” said Ndingara. First Lady demands 90% pass rate First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba has called on teachers of the Penehupifo Combined School in the Ohangwena Region to meet their obligations and responsibilities towards the school and children. She made the call on Tuesday when she visited the school for the second time to renew her support as namesake and patron. The First Lady encouraged teachers to ensure good education, which she says is the key to a prosperous nation. “Without good education from pre-primary and primary levels, we may not be able to achieve our national long-term goal: Vision 2030,” Pohamba said. According to her, what the children are learning in school today will determine whether the nation will be able to meet its greatest challenges in future. The school scored a 70.3% pass rate in last year’s Grade 10 examinations, and Pohamba suggested that its target for the next three years should be a 90% pass rate. Reports by Nampa

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