President Hifikepunye Pohamba announced on Thursday that Namwandi is being appointed to the post of Minister of Education, replacing former Education Minister Abraham Iyambo, who passed away earlier this month.
Namwandi will be deputised by Silvia Gonaone-Makgone.
Iyambo was renowned for paying surprise visits to schools, an action that some community members hailed, while others were not as pleased with that initiative.
Namwandi made the announcement at Standard Bank Namibia’s Academic Excellence Prize-giving for Grades 10 and 12 learners here on Thursday.
“I want to let you know that surprise visits to schools will continue this year until the ministry has achieved its desired goals,” the newly-appointed minister said.
Approached for comment on the same day, People’s Primary School (PPS) principal Patrick Xoagub said he welcomes the initiative, adding that other sectors of Government should also take this approach.
“It keeps teachers on their toes. Some teachers have a habit of coming to school late, and giving excuses that they are late due to traffic congestion. And it is mostly those who reside here in town that come just before school starts,” he said.
Xoagub noted that he resides in Okahandja, but plans his day well in advance to ensure that he arrives at school on time.
He added that teachers “should deliver, as the late Dr Iyambo used to say”.
“From my side as school principal, I happily welcome the initiative as it should be a good opportunity for all principals of schools to discuss with the minister the agendas and specific challenges faced by their schools,” he stated.
St Boniface College learner Annastasia Mukanda, who was the top performer in the 2012 Grade 12 Ordinary-Level Examinations, echoed these sentiments when Nampa spoke to her on the sidelines of the prize-giving ceremony.
“It is a good thing, because teachers as well as students will be prepared at all times. The surprise visits are actually inspiring to those who are in school as the minister will come and look at what they are doing,” she noted.
Mukanda received a trophy and N.dollars 7 500 as Best Overall National Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) full-time student in five higher-level subjects during the prize-giving ceremony.
She is currently studying law at the University of Namibia (Unam).