The Minister of Education, David Namwandi announced on Wednesday that surprise visits to schools will be resumed this semester.
He made the announcement during the welcoming of learners, teachers and principals to the second school term at the Ministry of Education’s headquarters in Windhoek.
Namwandi said the visits will also be conducted at education circuit offices in the region.
“This time around, it will not only be the minister doing the visits, but all the officials from the head office, so schools should not be surprised by the visits and teachers should deliver,” said the minister.
The surprise visits started by the late Minister of Education, Abraham Iyambo were received with mixed reactions in the education sector and were particularly criticised by the Teachers Union of Namibia. They were also not entertained by some school principals, who regarded the visits as a vote of no confidence in them.
Namwandi called on all the stakeholders in education to work hard to make this term a success.
“Teaching is a calling and not only employment,” said Namwandi.
He urged all teachers to go an extra mile to make this academic term a success. He added that special awards will be given to well deserving teachers, principals and inspectors. The minister said he wants drastic improvement in the Grade 10 and 12 results this year.
The minister also said that mock exams will be written by both Grades 10 and 12. The results of the Grade 10 mock exams will be used as part of continuous assessment marks at the end of the year and for Grade 12 students they will be used for application to tertiary institutions.
Namwandi said the ministry will not take kindly any form of indiscipline, laziness and any other unbecoming behaviour that will detrimentally affect end of year exam results.