Election Special

This year’s general elections take place on 28 November. Several parties participate and more than 1.2 million people have registered for the elections. We as education initiative have compiled the election manifestos of eight participating parties and checked them what they offer with regard to education. This special will help you see which party meets your wishes and expectations best and which party you could vote for on election day. Here are the manifestos in alphabetical order which you reach via clicking on the parties’ names.

All People’s Party (APP)

Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA)

National Democratic Party (NDP)

National Unity Democratic Organisation (NUDO)

Rally For Democracy and Progress (RDP)

Republican Party (RP)

South West Africa National Union (SWANU)

South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO)

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Election Special: Rally For Democracy and Progress

“It’s Time For Change: Together We Can Do Better”

(Adapted from ‘RDP Election Manifesto 2014′)

“Namibia’s education sector continues to produce [practically] illiterate youth who end up on the streets, expose[d] to all sorts of social evils. RDP regards Education and skills development as the heartbeat for our Namibian economic transformation and development strategy. Therefore,
visionary action must be taken to turn the situation around.”

The RDP wants to make the country more productive and competitive by ensuring a safe educational environment and reducing the teacher – learner ratio to a maximum of 1:25. They thus want to provide continuous in-service training to teachers and give them attractive incentives.

Secondary Education

While being free in government- aided institutions, the restructured education shall put deliberate emphasis on science, social science, mathematics, information technology, technical, commercial and management skills as well as civic and environmental education.   The RDP also wants to introduce Life Skills and Physical Training in both primary and secondary school syllabi as well as Fertility Education in secondary schools. Sufficient education facilities, accommodation, transport, catering services and textbooks shall be provided to all students.

Vocational Education

More vocational training centres and technical colleges shall be established in each region.

Other

The RDP plans to establish three more schools in Erongo, the south and north of
the country which will cater for the needs of learners living with disabilities.

Also, they want to establish sports academies in order to promote sports excellence all over the country.
Finally, they plan to promote a truly non-partisan National Youth Council.

You find the complete RDP election manifesto by clicking on the picture below.
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Election Special: South West Africa National Union

General Goals

(Adopted from ‘SWANU of Namibia Socialist Manifesto  for 2014 Elections’)

“A country is only at its best when the sum of its human capital is at its most optimal. […] SWANU will advocate for education as a means of equalizing the nation.”

The SWANU generally wants to introduce financial incentives, as well as annual evaluations for teachers and principals to perform better and to identify areas of improvement. Administrative workload on teachers will be cut drastically, so they can focus solely on their expertise.

Furthermore, they plan to grant Namibian businesses tax breaks for every five people under the age of 35 that they employ. They will thus be encouraged to give free internships to learners so they can obtain practical experience during their holidays.

 Secondary Education

The SWANU plans to implement effective, compulsory and free education from pre-primary to tertiary level. Science will be the basis of education in all spheres and labs and libraries will be provided to all schools.

Secondly, majoring in a given direction will start at an earlier age by widening the subject choices so that by the end of secondary school learners are already equipped for the job market. The SWANU thus plans to incorporate career guidance counsellors into the teaching staff at each school so that young learners know what to aim for.

A special focus will be mandatory computer classes for all public school learners
from grade 1 onwards; computer programming as a subject will be part of the part of the public school syllabus from grade 5 onwards.

Tertiary Education

The SWANU plans to engage private organizations to establish a sizeable university scholarship fund for at least 50% of all the highest performing grade 12 learners from
lower class and lower middle class families. Since tuition will be free, the scholarship will cover things like textbooks, etc.

They will also try to engage the private sector and the country’s universities and colleges in collaborating, in order to be able to clearly definethe skills needed in the job market so that Namibia’s tertiary education system can better focus their
courses to optimize the employment- rate of their graduates.

Vocational Education

Parents shall be given the option of sending their children a vocational school from the 8th
grade onwards, if they do not have the desire nor the propensity to excel in the mainstream education system.

Secondly, more vocational and technical training centres will be established nationwide, lifting technical education above mere craftsmanship like automechanics to higher levels of engineering.

Women Empowerment

Since the SWANU remains the only entity in high level Namibian politics to have a female vice-president, they want to increase the number of high government positions held by
women so that the country moves closer to 50/50 gender representation.

Also, they plan to provide further financial support to single mothers so that women are
not kept in abusive relationships due to finances as well as enacting stricter and much harsher laws to punish those who commit gender-based crimes such as rape,
battery, murder, etc.

Other

SWANU wants to provide basic training centres for unemployed youth to develop necessary skills such as computer literacy that will improve their
employability while they seek jobs.

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Election special: Democratic Turnhalle Alliance

“Moving Namibia forward”

(Adapted from ‘DTA 2014 Election Manifesto’)

“We will deliver better education by improving training of teachers and improvement of infrastructure and curriculum development as well free universal education as means to harness the potential of the youth with emphasis on vocational skills training”

The “Democratic Turnhalle Alliance” (DTA) puts its focus on a change of the system as a whole. DTA “intend to review and revise education system. (…) It shall be made people-friendly and the credibility of the system shall be restored.”, as stated in their election manifesto. Highest priority would be given to address the acute shortage of teachers and researchers and the equality of opportunity in access and success’ to all learners. The digitalisation of education is further emphasised by introducing “a national E-Library to empower school teachers and students” and the establishment of “a national program for digital empowerment through computer literacy of the people, especially the youth.” Each child shall be provided with a solar laptop to ensure IT competitiveness to not increase further divisions in the learning situations of children. It will further be compulsory that every child under the age of 16 attends an educational institution.

Secondary Education

Universalization of secondary school education and skills development through functional school shall be seriously pursued with particular focus on rural, and marginalize communities.

Tertiary Education

If elected, DTA intends to provide free tertiary education to students and vocational teaching. Furthermore, assessment exercise will be done for developing appropriate courses for higher education, to ensure that the economy get human resources. DTA will raise the standard of education and research, so that Namibian universities become at par with the top global universities and find their place in the global league.

Vocational Training

DTA promises to set up online training courses and to foster distance learning teaching classrooms. This will enable housewives and working class people to further their qualifications and further expand the vocational training.

Other

An exchange programme shall be established in order to give learners the opportunity to broaden their horizons by visiting other countries.

To enhance employability, soft skill courses and a national programme on foreign languages shall be established.

You find the complete DTA election manifesto by clicking on the picture below.

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Election Special: All People’s Party

For Fundamental Change and Just Wealth Redistribution

(Adapted from ‘Manifesto of the All People’s Party’)

“Our goal is [to improve our state education in such a way that it will] make [our children] more competitive and allow them to go to any university or tertiary educational institution in the world or be employable anywhere in the world.

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For the All People’s Party, the youth is our country’s most presious and premium insurance for our future, thus young people must count now and not later”

Despite the fact that Africa is endowed with vast natural resources and human capital, African talent has continued to migrate to Europe, the USA, Australia, and the Middle East in search of greener pastures. Namibia today ranks amongst the infamous top 5 countries with the most unequal income distribution in the world while unemployment is at a staggering 37% – there is thus only really little reason for skilled workers to stay in Namibia, when opportunities abroad are so much more abundant.

Teachers are underpaid and have no motivation to upgrade their qualifications as a result of the government’s policy of non- recognition of further education which leads to less than half of close to 25 000 learners who sit for the grade 10 junior secondary school exams being able to proceed to grade 11. Annual qualification for students to enter our own UNAM and Polytechnic of Namibia is below 3000.

Secondary Education

As stated above, if elected, the APP will make secondary education compulsory and free for everyone, including the possibility of automatic repetition of higher secondary grades. Secondly, they want to ensure that children are thaught in all core subjects, in order to have a broader knowledge- base and for that provide all school with a fully operational information technology communication (ITC) centre. Finally, they plan on returning science and mathematics teachers and lecturers who are retired but who are still fit for service to help with teaching and thus ensure that all children get the kind of assistance that they need.

Tertiary Education

While also providing free tertiary education, the APP also suggests to  encourage specialists in fields such as accounting, information, technology, science, mathematics etc. to tutor our less privileged children after hours for them to master these subjects and in return provide tax incentives to those volunteers. Also, tha APP wants to ensure the proper re- grading and recognition of all qualifications obtained by Namibians before and shortly after independence in the former East block countries of Eastern Europe and Cuba.

Vocational School 

The APP plans to expand and establish more vocational and technical training institutions in every region of the country thus focusing especially on more agricultural colleges.

Other

The All People’s Party wants to make sure that the allround development (education, sports, culture, arts and business entrepreneurship) of our youth is put higher on the development agenda of government. They also want to make sure that all the young people wanting to go and work abroad are supported by giving them necessary security with Namibian financial institutions which families might not be able to afford.

Together with all stakeholders in the industry they plan to develop and implement a youth support program for the active promotion of young musicians and other creative artists to promote Namibian music and other creative arts both locally and internationally.
Finally, they plan to send a minimum of 500 students a year abroad for university, vocational and other further technical studies from their own resources.

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Election Special: Republican Party

General Goals

(Adapted from ‘The Manifesto of the Republican Party of Namibia’)

“The Republican Party will change the entire system in order to ensure that school leavers are being properly equipped with qualifications that will enable them to pursue tertiary education at any institution of their choice.”

RP strives to change the education situation in a way based on Christian principles “with Christian Science as a subject and daily devotion to be instituted at all schools.”, as stated in their election Manifesto and will provide pre-primary and primary school free of charge and primary school subsidised by the government if parents cannot afford the tuition fees.

Secondary Education

For secondary education, RP promises to “convince the authorities that more emphasis must be put on the teaching of mathematics, science, languages and history.” They will further apply Parent-Teacher Associations to increase parental involvement. and will introduce the field of study to be pursued by learners as early as in grade 8 and not in grade 11 as it is the case now”. They further write that they would offer free Secondary Education if the budget allowed it which it does not without cutting the budgets of other sectors where the funds may much needed to improved service delivery and infrastructure.

Tertiary Education 

RP strives to review the Basic Education Teacher Diploma (BETD) and put it in line with the requirements of other SADC tertiary education institutions in order to make it easier for students to go abroad within SADC countries. They do not want to offer free Tertiary Education.

Vocational Education

RP will introduce technical schools all over the country for those learners who are not interested to pursue an academic career but rather a technical one.

Other

Furthermore, RP wants to support vulnerable young Namibians who had to start to work earlier and who never attended school or failed to acquire literacy or even those who failed to find a job, by giving them a second chance of education to become an instrumental force that drives Namibia’s future.

You find the complete RP election manifesto by clicking on the picture below.

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Election Special: National Unity Democratic Organisation

“One people, one aim, one destiny

(Adapted from ‘NUDO 2014 Election Manifesto’)

“NUDO will utilize what is left of the valuable knowledge of the elderly at adult education centres to establish sustainable information sharing.”

NUDO strives to change the Namibian education system in a way that it meets Namibia’s development needs. The party intends to include “parents that show interest in the system to help guide the schools and institutions of high learning.”

Secondary Education

For both secondary and tertiary education, the student-staff/teacher ration shall be improved in order to make learning more effective. NUDO will put a great emphasis on mathematics and science as there is a lack of in Namibia. This intention shall be supported with bursaries and a change of curricula accordingly.

Under the rule of NUDO, the drop-out policies of Grade 10s and 12s will be abolished. Instead, repeater centres will be developed in order to make it possible for those children who cannot be accommodated back to their school to attend full time classes. Hence, automatic transfer of learners to the next grade will be abolished.

NUDO further intends to establish career guidance centres in every major town and city where there are high schools.

Tertiary Education

The Namibian Student Financial Assistant Fund (NSFAF) will be improved.

Vocational Education

A NUDO government would build more vocational training centres and colleges for education in all regions. For learners with disabilities and visually impaired, special schools an centres will be created in order to accommodate their need for education.

Other

NUDO promises to invest in pre-primary education “in each village, in order to avoid parental child separation during the early stages of education.”

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