6 NEWS Thursday, January 11 2018 | NEW ERA IUM counteracts armchair critics Staff Reporter Windhoek Of late the International University of Management (IUM) has witnessed unprecedented attacks against it on a scale never witnessed before against any institution of higher learning – and this comes as no surprise but IUM has time and again exonerated itself from unwarranted criticism. “Since its inception, the university has endured unfounded criticism from self-styled detractors for reasons only known to them, yet through hard work and determination IUM has not only persevered but excelled prominently and continued to grow stronger on a daily basis,” stated IUM’s public relations unit in a statement issued to counteract the recent wave of attacks. At inception, IUM embarked upon a mission “to establish a higher seat of learning in Namibia and train innovative specialists for the public and private sectors in Namibia and other countries in the world”. The university has, since then, positioned itself as competitive and high quality by offering “IUM has year in and year the nation’s economic and social pillars that support the national developmental goals and national agenda through training of highly skilled personnel. The university has also taken higher education to the doorsteps of many Namibians by establishing various campuses across the country and our standards are so high and our lecturers are so highly-skilled that we have enlisted students from more than 28 countries, such as Angola, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanca and St Lucia, among other countries from the global village.” “IUM continues to make ing in terms of infrastructural development, provision of new facilities and equipment, expansion in the number of campuses, expansion in the provision of different student population. This year the university is geared towards thriving positively to ensure that it offers education programmes of the highest quality,” it further expounded. The 2018 academic year will be one of the most exciting years in the history of IUM as it bachelor degree in nursing students. The university started offering the bachelor degree in nursing in 2014 to respond to the need of creating more nursing schools, due to the lack of healthcare professionals in the country. IUM completed the review of sultation with stakeholders by the end of the academic year 2017. The exercise resulted in the revision of - rolled out this year. and development of new ones is in compliance with the university’s registration and accreditation conditions set by the Namibia Quali- National Council of Higher Education (NCHE). In addition, the review and part of the university’s strategic development. As a university whose motto is “Global Hub for Management Science and Information Technology,” the offering that are useful and relevant to the changing global economy remains a matter of priority. As regard the coastal areas, IUM has now merged the Swakopmund and Walvis Bay campuses into a Coastal Campus. The Coastal Campus offers different academic programmes and will cater for areas such as Swakopmund, Henties Bay, Arandis and Walvis Bay. As a result, the Swakopmund Campus has been transformed into a Research, Consultancy and Short Course Centre of high repute. Another landmark by the private institution of higher learning is the construction of a multi-milliondollar hostel facility at Dorado Park Main Campus, which is set The hostel will cater for not less “The university is also on course to increase its academic and administrative staff to cater for the growing student population. This year additional and highly quali- been recruited whose diverse areas of expertise will build upon the remarkable dedication to excellence in teaching and learning at IUM,” it stated. Contrary to the unwarranted criticism by detractors who hide behind the veil of secrecy, IUM remains committed to serve SADC, and the nation, by building and developing an African cadre of men and women who can operate at international standards in business and management, it says. Acclaimed… The main campus of IUM, an institution that has won several international awards and attracted some of the best lecturers from across Africa. 69 teaching posts vacant in //Kharas Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop The lack of teachers remains a problem in the country and the // Kharas Region is no exception as - Revealing this during an interview with New Era, //Kharas education director Johannes // Hoeseb said the shortage of lem, adding that some of the vacancies advertised were not not meet requirements. He said the search for the right candidates continues, despite schools reopening yesterday, noting that many schools will have to rely on the temporary teachers that had been helping out before. //Hoeseb however noted that making use of temporary teachers should not be seen in a negative light, as some of these teachers have performed quite well over the past years, with some even out-performing those He urged temporary teachers to seize the opportunity and move - ers, by furthering their studies. The director also shed light on the placement of learners at schools, as some parents are allegedly frustrated because they cannot get a place for their children. Schools are said to be full, but //Hoeseb said the parents are partly to blame for placement issues, and it is not necessarily due to lack of space. He said the problem only seems to be with Grade 1. He said schools where they want their children to be enrolled and do not want to go to other schools where there is space. Kalahari circuit inspector Constance Wantenaar briefly responded to New Era on the situation of placement in the circuit, indicating that pre-primary and Grade 1 remain a challenge as most schools are full to capacity while learners are still turning up. “As of yesterday we had 89 learners who did not have a place in Grade 1, but this number might learners at pre-primary did not have a place,” she said.
Thursday, January 11 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 NNFU supports Mutorwa’s call on crop production WINDHOEK The Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) has reiterated the call made by the Minister of Agriculture Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa, that farmers should not lose hope for crop production amid the prevailing hot and arid conditions. The New Era daily newspaper recently quoted Mutorwa as saying that despite the excessive heat accompanied by a prolonged dry spell across the country, farmers should not lose hope as expectations are that rain will fall and result in agricultural production. In a telephonic interview with Nampa here on Wednesday, NNFU Executive Director Mwilima Mushokobanji said the union understood the current global weather conditions, but remained hopeful of rainfall. “NNFU concurs with the minister as research shows that southern Africa is to experience drought because of climate change and other factors, but we are hopeful that rains will fall,” he said. Mushokobanji lamented that the union continued to provide farmers with valuable information on how to sustain themselves in the meantime. “Farmers should stick to the drought resistant livestock production strategies that can enhance production,” he underlined. According to Mushokobanji, farmers should also change their current farming habits of relying only on the rain and think out of the box on ways to adapt to drought situations. “NNFU advises farmers to think big, plan well and strategize on methods of farming under harsh conditions such as drought.” The NNFU further urged farmers to hold hands and work hard with all stakeholders during this daunting period in the agricultural sector. – Nampa Spike in NSSC candidates a worry: Hanse-Himarwa WINDHOEK The Minister of Education Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse- Himarwa has raised concern over the escalating number of both part-time and full-time candidates registering for Grade 12 ordinary level examinations countrywide. At a media conference for the preliminary release of the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC) results in Windhoek on Wednesday, Hanse-Himarwa said registered full-time and part-time candidates increased over the past three years from 6,8 percent in 2015 to 9,3 percent in 2017. “The increase in registration over the years raises an alarm for education planners, because the ministry is approaching the planning stages for the transition from the old senior secondary curriculum to the newly revised curriculum.” Himarwa added that the increase in part-time candidates’ enrolment especially, which has increased from 9,9 percent in 2016 to 12,5 percent in 2017, was worrying and would require thorough planning to ensure that all candidates are catered for. “It should also be noted that the increase in the number of candidates puts more pressure on the administration, control and coordination of the national examinations,” Hanse-Himarwa maintained. She further stated that the ministry would do its utmost best to maintain the credibility and integrity of the national exams. – Nampa NNFU Executive Director Mwilima Mushokobanji red TENDER NOTICE TENDER 16/2017 PROVISION AND ADMINISTRATION OF ELECTRICITY PREPAYMENT VENDING FOR ERONGO RED Closing Date: Friday, 09 February 2018 Document Enquiries: Mrs. A. Welgemoed Document Fees: N5.00 (Non-refundable) Telephone: +264-(0) 64 -214 600 Facsimile: +264-(0) 64 -214 601 Technical Enquiries: Mrs. O. Heita Telephone: +264-(0) 64 -214 661 Documents in a sealed envelope clearly marked: “Tender Number: 16/2017” addressed to the Chairperson of the Tender Committee must be placed in the tender box at the Enquiries desk at: 91, Hage Geingob Street, Erongo Ground Floor, Walvis Bay or be posted to the Chairperson of the Tender Committee, P. O. Box 2925, Walvis Bay, to reach him at the latest by: 10:00 AM on Friday, 09 February 2018 Erongo RED is under no obligation to accept any tender whether the lowest or not. Erongo RED reserves the right to accept the full tender or only part thereof. Erongo RED is not under obligation to assign any reason for the acceptance or rejection of a tender. TEL +264 64 214600 FAX +264 64 214601 ERONGO RED BUILDING 91 HAGE GEINGOB STREET P O BOX 2925 WALVIS BAY NAMIBIA erongored.com