Education sector needs proactive strategies and policies: Kandji-Murangi

• By Confidente Reporter 

THE Minister of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation (MHITE), Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi, says reforms, developments, and challenges in the education sector call for re-examining and implementing proactive strategies and policies on key areas such as teacher training.

She said tertiary institutions should be separated and classified based on the recognised expected levels of knowledge and skill set they provide. 

Kandji-Murangi said this at the three-day tertiary institution’s engagement meeting, where public and private tertiary institutions gathered to map a way forward for the education sector.

“The universality of education and training is key and should underlie the development and expansion of the sector.

Compatibility of lower and higher academic programs should be sought out earlier during programme development and offering and not be left to students to struggle with after completing their studies.

“As raw materials in the sector, student education and training can be equated to a value chain developed and refined at different levels by different institutions. A student’s formal transitioning from a lower level to a higher level in the same field of study, in the same institution or across institutions, locally, should be seamless and problem free,” she said.

Kandji-Murangi highlighted that the government had developed policies, systems, human capital, and established institutions to consolidate, fortify, and implement one quality National Education system.

“We have built a formal education system that is clearly defined by levels and number of years at each level, exit points, requisite transitional knowledge, skills and competences at those exit points, as well as certification authenticating an attainment of a properly articulated qualification to the next level of education,” she said.

According to the Minister, for the country to become industrialised and a knowledge-based society, the higher education and training sector has to be consistently aligned with the wider socio-economic needs of the country. 

“We are seven years away from the end of our Vision 2030. and it is evident that, for Namibia to become an industrialised and knowledge-based society, the higher education and training sector has to be consistently aligned with the wider socio-economic needs of the country. This is because changes in the country’s economic growth points precipitate changes in the education sector, particularly in the higher education and training sector.

“Currently, the following fields are important to look at and explore in the context of what is happening in the country as a result of new natural resources discoveries and developments: STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), agriculture, renewable energy,

oil and gas, green hydrogen and TVET trades, such as electrical, boiler making, welding, mechatronics, safety and security, and construction,” she said.

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