LAST week I was shocked when my colleagues who wanted to book for their driver’s test were not able to do so on earlier dates. In fact the opportunities were said to be available in December to book for a driver’s test appointment in Windhoek. It does take long to process the permit. The problem with the delayed places for the booking is that it becomes difficult to obtain the driving qualifications, particularly by the younger generations who could boost their employability.
Making sense of all this is that there is indeed a high demand of those wishing to obtain a driver’s license. The long queues of people waiting at the learners test office is a testament to the demand. To have the forms processed, one has to take the long wait in the morning, as people flow in masses. As early as 9.00am in the morning, the queues of not less than sixty people to my observation wait to be attended. By around 1.00pm the queue seems to cease on the occasions that I have been at the place to take my colleagues and I for the test preparation.
Despite that the time consumed at the waiting place may be hours I however do not aim on the day’s time loss. My concern is with the booking for the driving exam appointments. In Windhoek, it could take up to six months to get a booking for a test. This means that, it would take at least half a year to get qualified for a driver, considering that the student passes the learner’s and the driver’s at a go. This is alarming. The fact that it would at least take a prospective driver half a year to qualify for their driver’s, shows that we have a problem with efficiency. Such a running system is very inconvenient not only for the individuals have to wait for a very long time to process their licenses, but also the system hinders economic development.
Understandably, I would think that there might be constraints when it comes to the capacity of the NaTis to increase their manpower. Limited resources may lay back the ability of the office to expand its employment force. For that reason I suggest that the office higher half-time paid personnel who can assist with the driver’s licence examination.
We ought to create a system much more efficient to bring about the best results on time. If we seek to improve the chances for the youth in employment, we ought to create an efficient system by which their skills are certified timely for reference when they set off for a job hunt. The economy will benefit so much more when we have swiftly running bodies that coordinate well with the needs of the society’s demands. For instance by having on timely qualified drivers, youth can secure jobs earlier on, as opposed to waiting for a longer time to be licensed. With more employed youth, we have more productive members of the society.
Productive youth as a result will benefit the whole community through their productive forces. This will discourage more youth from engaging themselves with crime or drugs that result from unemployment. Having an efficient system will therefore take us a step ahead in the struggle to combat irresponsible behaviour by the youth of our nation.
As a nation striving for a rampant economic progress, I believe we should take a step towards progress by improving how our varied official bodies run. Let’s have a better system be put into place. Whatever hindrance there is to an efficiently running system must be addressed as soon as possible. If we seek to see economic progress now, we should ceaselessly work towards the objective right now by making our organisations efficient.
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