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Education should not fail us

By Dr. Abraham Iiyambo
This is the first time Namibia has held a National Conference focusing on the entire Education System. Our education system has travelled a long road since its inception. My objective is to give a synopsis in figures of how Namibia has progressed in achieving the educational goals and objectives since 1990. I will do so by looking at the trends and the figures in areas such as the budget, growth rates, failure and dropout rates etc. It is my sincere hope that the conference participants will always attempt to take this data

into account when deliberating on the topics of the conference. It is important for the conference to focus on strategic issues that would enhance the competitiveness of the Namibian education system.

Education at independence
Namibia is a free nation that inherited a fragmented and unequal education system on attainment of independence in 1990. Access to education was unequal and was based on the existing political dispensation of segregation and separate development. The fragmentation of the education system on the basis of race, colour and ethnic origin resulted in the establishment of eleven education administrations.

New Ministry Responsible for Education
In order to redress the pre-independence fragmentation and the irrelevance of the education system, the new post-independence Ministry responsible for education formulated and pursued four new major goals, access, equity, quality and democracy

Successes since independence
Since independence, a great deal of significant achievements have been recorded and there has been extensive reform. It is only appropriate therefore that we applaud those who led Education since independence: Rt Hon Prime Minister Nahas Angula, Minister John Mutorwa, Minister Nangolo Mbumba, and their deputies, Permanent Secretaries, Management and all involved

Ministry of Education Budget
Over the last decade the budget for the Ministry of Education has increased steadily from N$1.8 billion in budget year 2000/1 to N$8.3 billion in budget year 2011/12. This is a significant increase of 361% in 11 years. The increase is also a demonstration of the government’s recognition of the importance of education in the growth of the nation.

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