Embrace change, Diergaardt tells ||Kharas school principals

KEETMANSHOOP: ||Kharas Regional Council Chief Executive Officer, Benedictus Diergaardt, says in the face of evolving education landscapes, principals should embrace change as an opportunity to adapt and grow.

Diergaardt, who was speaking here on Wednesday at a meeting with more than 40 principals from the region, said schools are beacons of knowledge and require collective responsibility to ensure they remain dynamic, inclusive, and equipped to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

‘Collaboration will be the cornerstone of our success. Let us share best practices, support one another and create a network that strengthens the educational fabric of our community. Together we can create an environment where innovation flourishes and every learner has an opportunity to unfold their potential,’ he stated.

Diergaardt said as principals embark on the 2024 academic journey their guiding principles should be dedication, empathy and a relentless pursuit of excellence, adding that as principals they should fost
er an atmosphere that encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and a love for learning.

||Kharas Region Director of Education, Arts and Culture, Jesmine Magerman during the meeting issued a warning to teachers and principals who still administer corporal punishment, terming it physical abuse. She also noted the verbal abuse of learners.

‘A teacher who calls learners names, referring to them as dumb or stupid, or who makes derogatory remarks about the learner’s parents, transgresses in terms of the code of conduct of teachers in relation to learners,’ Magerman said.

She said principals and teachers should comply with the Labour Act, Education Act, the Public Service Act, public service staff rules and other relevant regulations at all times.

‘Please take note that you are at risk of being charged with misconduct if you fail to adhere to set policies, guidelines, regulations and laws or fail to implement legitimate orders from your immediate supervisors,’ she stressed.

The meeting that started Wednesday en
ds Friday and is amongst others taking place for principals and the regional education management to analyse last year’s Grade 4 to Advanced Subsidiary level results, and draft an improvement plan.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency