Late delivery of state school stationery disappoints Swapo

Stefanus Nashama

Hofni Iipeinge, the Swapo Party Secretary of Education, has expressed deep disappointment and concern about the delayed delivery of school stationery to state schools.

Sharing his views on the matter this week, Iipeinge stated that while the government has implemented free universal education in the country, the late provision of school supplies to state schools negatively impacts the education of Namibian children.

“Education is a right but not a need. The Ministry responsible should take this matter seriously and implement effective interventions to ensure that funds for school stationery reach all state schools on time before the schools reopen,” he emphasized.

Iipeinge pointed out that the current situation often forces teachers to send lists of required stationery to parents to prevent delays in school activities.

“We cannot blame teachers for providing lists of required stationery; this helps them commence their academic activities on time instead of waiting for three months for the school to receive funds for stationery, which is very late and affects the performance of our learners,” he stressed.

He also highlighted the confusion among parents who struggle to understand the concept of so-called free universal education, as it has become financially burdensome.

“In recent years, education has become expensive, causing parents and guardians sleepless nights as they budget for their children’s stationery,” he emphasized.

Iipeinge noted the ongoing concerns regarding the availability and timely delivery of stationery to state schools, which have hampered students’ performance. He placed the blame on the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture, suggesting that a return to the previous system might be necessary.

“Things were on the right track before the implementation of the so-called free universal education. Unfortunately, things started falling apart after the previous system was abolished,” he said.

Iipeinge appealed to both the Ministry of Basic Education and the Ministry of Finance and Public Enterprises to collaborate financially and address the issue urgently.

“I am personally disturbed and appeal to the Ministry of Basic Education and the Ministry of Finance to work together financially and find the best solution for delivering school stationery on time,” he implored.

Additionally, Iipeinge called on the Ministry of Higher Education, Training, and Innovation to regulate admission requirements for students pursuing education degrees.

He cited the high number of education graduates facing unemployment as a significant issue in the country.

“The Ministry should monitor all emerging institutions flooding the system with an excessive number of graduate teachers, leading to high unemployment due to limited vacancies in state schools,” he noted.

Iipeinge expressed hope that 2024 would bring expectations and tangible results in addressing all educational challenges.

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