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By M'kwanailya wa Mweuta
Anuwa the other day I went to my nearest police station and found both police officer and her 'customer' at another level. A learned citizen who boosted to work for the Money Ministry refused to be assisted by what she termed 'inexperienced and below average officer'. The officer, who was not impressed, flexed her muscles ordering the 'customer' to go rejoin the cue and tries her luck to see if she would come across an experienced officer latter.

Similar incidents could have taken place in a public hospital or school. For being inexperienced, the officer could be excused and surely with guidance from her supervisors she might eventually catch up. It is however alarming and heartening if the claim of the learned fellow are true that the officer on duty could not reason logically and qualified to be termed as below average officer.

Not long ago, I overhead grade two learners at a public school telling each other that their teacher has a "problem with English". Meanwhile stories of nurses at public hospitals neglecting their duties and show little interest in what they are being paid for is well documented in the land of the brave.

There are other professions such as engineers, dentists, pharmacists, geologists, IT Technicians, Accountants Journalists etc. Have we ever thought why very little or no cases of job neglect is being reported about these professionals?

Most of them have been dreaming of becoming what they are today. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about being a teacher, a nurse, police officer etc as the nation is guilty of looking down at them.

The fact that we continue to regard these critical careers as less important is equivalent to future neglect. Hardly top performers are encouraged to go for teaching, nursing or policing as these fields are left for those who failed to be admitted into other fields. It is indeed GREAT to have engineers and all sorts of professionals in the country but wait, who will teach their children? Who will investigate their cases and how will law and order maintained professionally and efficiently?

A prosperous and industrialised Namibia, developed by her human resources, enjoying peace, harmony and political stability, that is Vision 2030. That vision can only be achieved if we start today to attract and encourage above average students in our Secondary schools to take up teaching, and policing professions. Already, institute of higher education are struggling to attract local engineers and accountants to teach as they are receiving high salaries in the industries. The situation is so bad that many have resorts to professionals from our neighbouring countries. It is very risky not to have local lectures and teachers. One day our "guests teachers" might decide to pack and retire in their countries of origin and then?

The fact that currently one does not pay tuition to be trained as a teacher, a nurse or a police officer is already an incentive to encourage and boost enrolment. That is however not enough. The nation needs to be sensitized that these are equally and in some instances more important careers then the rest. Their salary package should also show!

Anuwa, Namibia is envisioning having enough engineers, nurses, teachers, technically skilled workforce and doctors within 17 years and beyond (2030). The fact is, until today, government is calling on those with 20 points to enrol for nursing and teaching courses, I am afraid, but we are creating a blind leading a blind system.


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