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 vocational school has been in operation for the past five years.
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.
The school 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.
“At this centre, you receive quality education, not inferior education,” Iyambo told the learners of the school during the inauguration ceremony.
He urged learners to emulate the good examples set by other learners in the country, and to remember that their centre is a stepping stone to a better future.
“Let Namibia succeed, because of the commitment of the learners,” Iyambo urged.
He then called on the Grade 10 and 12 learners, who are currently busy with their year-end examinations, to be committed to their studies.
The minister also reminded all teachers in the country that they have a heavy responsibility to guide all Namibian children towards great achievements.
Speaking at the same event, chairperson of the Omusati Regional Council Tataati Shileka noted that “the Outapi vocational school is supporting real development in the country”.
Learners of that school undergo formal vocational training for two years after completing Grade 10.
The special school has three functioning trades – woodwork, hospitality and office practice – at this stage.