OUTAPI: Education Minister, Dr Abraham Iyambo says Namibia needs more vocational education graduates if the country is to become an industrialised nation by the year 2030.
Iyambo said this during the official inauguration of the Outapi Special Technical and Vocational School at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Saturday.
The education minister said more vocational schools/centres are needed in Namibia, and the government is planning to build a vocational school in each of the 13 administrative regions of the country.
The Outapi Special Technical and Vocational School is a government-run institution, established at a cost of N.dollars 24 million.
It opened its doors to learners and the community on 14 January 2008 and started with only 45 learners in Grade Six to Seven, and two teachers, four support staff members, a secretary, a caretaker and a principal.
The Outapi Special Technical and Vocational School now has 168 learners from Grade Seven to 10, and 17 teachers.
Opposition party legislator Anton von Wietersheim has called on the Ministry of Health and Social Services to implement the National Policy on Community-based Healthcare as a matter of urgency.
The Rally for Democracy and Progress’ (RDP) Member of Parliament made this call in the National Assembly last Thursday.
Community-Based Health Care (CBHC) is a strategy aiming to empower and motivate communities to initiate and strengthen community actions and household practices that will serve to promote health and prevent illnesses.
He noted that only the actual implementation of the National Policy on Community-based Healthcare will demonstrate the government’s commitment to it, and reaffirm Namibia’s leadership in providing community and home-based care for the nation.
The MP said although the government should be commended for formulating the policy in 2010, and for becoming the first nation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in to formally address caregivers needs, the policy should be implemented in order to be operational countrywide by March 2013.