By Eliaser Ndeyanale
THE minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has denied allegations levelled against her by the Namibia National Teachers’ Union that she had threatened and intimidated the teachers.
However, Nantu secretary general Basilius Haingura, in an interview with this reporter this morning insisted that the minister’s utterances especially on June 16 when she remarked in the National Assembly that ”Nantu should know where to start and where to end” were not professional.
”She must not personalize the issue. We want an interpersonal-relationship with the minister,” charged Haingura.
Recently the teachers’ union (Nantu) accused the minister of threatened and intimidated teachers during the period leading to the strike and as that it had lost confidence in her.
In a statement issued by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture Sanet Steenkamp this morning, the minister rejected the allegations saying the minister has high regard for the teachers.
Steenkamp said all official statements made by the minister were consistent with the position of the government in terms of salary negotiations between government negotiation team and Nantu.
”While we value honest, analytical and constructive criticism that would re-direct our efforts, we denounce the insulting slur and attack on the person of the minister,” said Steenkamp.
She reiterated that Hanse-Himarwa has the interest of teachers and learners at heart and information that Hanse-Himarwa provided through statements was ”well informed and engaged.”
She further said that Hanse-Himarwa who is a former teacher is aware of the rights of workers and can never fight against the right of the teachers to have a fair and just compensation.
”To allege and insist that the minister undermines and insults the teachers is in strong contrast with the genuine efforts of the minister since she took office one year and nine months ago.
”The Ministry calls upon stakeholders in the education fraternity to move forward in a united and cooperative fashion, while sharpening our focus on ensuring that the Namibian child receives equitable and quality education.
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