By Frederick Philander
Well-known Katutura teacher, Romanus Nauiseb, who turns 60 tomorrow, will in May retire after a career of 38 years in education at Auas Primary School.
Romy, as he is affectionately known, started his teaching career at the age of 22 in 1972 at Auas Primary School and now retires as a senior teacher at the school which he had at once stage run as acting principal.
“I am really looking forward to my retirement to do all the things I have always wanted to do, but never really had the time,” the old teaching hand said sentimentally.
The father of three children and a number of grandchildren is planning to do some goat farming in the Otjimbingwe area after he retires in May and also visit one of his two daughters in England.
“I was appointed acting principal of the school, which was historically known as Damara Lower Primary School Number 1, but during the transitional government era I was demoted because of my anti-regime political views,” Romy recounted with a measure of pride for challenging the status quo then.
Romy in 1971 joined the then Damara Teachers Association (SWAIOV) and a year later became chief secretary of the same organization.
“I formally joined SWAPO in 1976 and served as the secretary of the Roman Catholic Church Council. In sport I served as secretary of Orlando Pirates soccer club and also completed a formal soccer referee’s course,”
“I am very grateful for the opportunities education has offered me to develop my leadership qualities, which I have shared with others over the years. I am a proud Namibian citizen, who believes in hard work in order to achieve the highest standards in public service delivery,” he concluded.
A farewell party for the retiring teacher is planned by the school staff, parents and learners in May.