WINDHOEK: Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Tjekero Tweya says plans are afoot for the construction of a private technical school in Windhoek’s Kleine Kuppe residential area.
The construction of the school is an initiative of Turkish business people hoping to make a contribution to Namibia.
Tweya told Nampa in an interview on Monday that before visiting China earlier this month for that country’s 16th International Fair for Investment and Trade, he toured Turkey’s Industrialised Business Zone which exports products produced in Turkey to Europe and Asia.
He said plans for the construction of the school however originated during earlier trips undertaken to that country by his ministry – one of which was undertaken by Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob in 2009 and one undertaken by Tweya himself in 2010.
The school will start from Grade 1 and go up to Grade 12. The plans also include the construction of hostels.
“The Ministry of Education will administer the school and see to it that it follows the Namibian school curriculum,” Tweya explained.
He could not say when the construction of the technical school will commence, but indicated that a few logistical matters will first have to be resolved with the City of Windhoek before construction starts.
The deputy minister expressed disappointment with the fact that Turkish people experience difficulties in acquiring visas to come to Namibia. He called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to minimise the “nightmare” which limits Turkish business people from coming here.
Tweya described Turkey as a strategic country which is stable in terms of economics, politics, and tourism.