Namibia to address classroom shortage through decentralisation

Namibia's Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Monday called for reform and decentralisation of capital projects so as to tackle the shortage of classrooms in the country.


Latest figures show that all the Ministry’s Directorates in the 14 regions are experiencing a classroom shortage. In total, 3,225 classrooms and 651 houses for teachers are needed across the country.

The Ministry’s 2012 Education Management Information System also reveals that it had 1,303 traditional classroom — that is, structures built from cheap locally available materials such as poles or metal sheets and tents.

As part of the interventions, convinced that decentralization of capital project budgets to the Regional Councils is the way to go, Hanse-Himarwa called for reform and implementation and elevation of the Decentralisation policy.

“The aim is to speed up the implementation of the projects, and to shorten the process of procurement of capital projects,” said Hanse-Himarwa at a workshop in Tsumeb of Oshikoto Region.

“The Government of Namibia has adopted Decentralisation as a National Policy, the aim is to bring the provision of public services closer to the communities and to the end users,” she said.

However, according to Hanse-Himarwa, the success of the decentralisation process in Namibia will depend on the full cooperation of all stakeholders, especially, the regional councils and local authorities. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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