Our Star of the Week is Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa. Under her leadership the ministry has introduced measures to help elevate over 3 000 unqualified teachers by providing tailor-made in-service training to help them upgrade their credentials.
The Education Management Information System (EMIS) statistics for 2012 indicate that Namibia has about 24 660 teachers, of whom 1 208 are without teacher training and about 3 000 are underqualified.
The same report shows that Kavango East and Kavango West are the most affected regions with 2 876 teachers of whom 210 are unqualified and 104 underqualified
Although the ministry will treat the in-service teacher training diploma programme as a special project and avail the necessary funding for its implementation, the University of Namibia will develop and implement it in order to address the shortage of qualified teachers at junior primary level.
When she launched the vacation school for un- and underqualified teachers, Minister Hanse-Himarwa said Namibia made great strides immediately after independence, with vigorous training of teachers in improving teacher qualifications.
The vacation school marks the start of the implementation process of the diploma training targeting teachers who are currently serving at the pre- and junior primary phases, but do not meet the requirements of professionally qualified teachers.