- To offer an effective and quality teacher education which meet the needs of Namibia and beyond.
- Develop an active, adaptive and professional teacher who is able to balance classroom activities and research.
- Produce a teacher who is both scientifically and technologically empowered for socio-economic transformation.
Since education in Namibia is heavily subsidised by the Government of the Republic of Namibia, the increased enrolment demands greater the number of qualified teachers. This search for quality and relevance in education necessitates a continuous review of pre-service teacher education and training. There is also need to replace retiring teachers and fill the gap due to natural attrition.
This, together with a high demand for continuing education, calls for a tailored programme that provides the desired quality teachers and an opportunity for professional development. Thus, SPC intends to develop and offer a Bachelor of Education: Primary School Honours (Level 8). This qualification shall take full cognisance of this aspiration and provides pre-service student teachers with real world situations, various techniques of teaching, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences that prepare them to meet challenges in the fields of Teaching and Learning Process. Holders of this qualification will be most suited for employment as graduate primary school teachers. The envisaged qualification shall also seek to prepare candidates for further education.
Due to the recent past Namibian Government’s deliberate policy to introduce competency based basic education curricula and free basic education, there has never been as urgent a need, as now for highly skilled and qualified primary school teachers in Namibia. In a nutshell, the Ministry of Education estimates that another 5000 teachers need to be trained not only to reach universal primary education by 2030 but also to help in the realisation of Vision 2030.
The Sunshine Private College’s Bachelor of Education: Primary School Honours is designed to promote a paradigm shift in the training of pre-service primary school teachers by providing new, unique and challenging opportunities such as:
- an ability to competently teach Grade 0-7;
- acquiring a comprehensive range of teaching methods and approaches required to teach at various pre and primary school levels;
- a comprehensive understanding of content (classroom teaching: Grade 0-3 and school subject teaching: Grade 4-7);
- acquiring supplementary methods and approaches to aid the targeted transformative teaching and learning at basic education level, focused on learner-centred teaching and learning methods and approaches;
- a need for a well-crafted and periodical staff development that would enhance the relevance, expertise, competency, capacity, capability, ability and experience of pre-service pre and primary school teachers;
- a need for proper synergy between teachers and learners at pre and primary school level in planning and organising efficacy lessons together; and
- a need to overcome the limitations of the traditional classrooms by the realisation of ”the world as a big classroom” through a balanced integration of technology in the teaching and learning at basic education level.
The main purpose of this qualification being developed by SPC-TED is to make a meaningful contribution to the production of professionally qualified primary school teachers who are competent and able to apply a combination of subject matter knowledge with the relevant pedagogical approaches needed to realise the set learning outcomes at primary school education levels. Furthermore, the Bachelor of Education: Primary School Honours aims to contribute to the national efforts for the production of innovative and competent primary school teachers who would make lasting impressions in the lives of learners. The qualification aims to equip the pre-service teachers with the necessary transformative teaching expertise, skills, competencies, and strategies that would also be deemed beneficial in classroom and school management.
The design and development of this qualification is based on the following guiding principles:
- Full appreciation of the historical, socio-psychological and philosophical impetus of education
- Guiding need for the training of well-rounded pre-service teachers, competent and able to teach Grade 0-7
Need for sound basic education foundation that responds to relevance and later employability and good citizenry of tertiary education graduates
- To prepare teachers for an active career in all facets of professional Education;
- To develop the intellectual, professional and social characteristics of teachers to enable them to become responsible leaders within the school and the community;
- To develop the capacity of the teachers so that they should be able to teach effectively at the early childhood and primary school levels;
- Identify research problems and design appropriate procedures for investigating and analysing them;
- To provide a basis for education training that enables the teachers to pursue advanced training in both professional and academic areas.
Namibia’s Occupational Demand and Supply Outlook Model (NODSOM) of 2012 and other reports issued by the Ministry of Education highlight the shortage of professionally qualified teachers at all levels of the education system in Namibia. The Bachelor of Education: Primary School Honours is being developed in response to the high demand for appropriately qualified teachers at all basic education levels in Namibia.
According to National Development Plan 4, there was an increase of 8% (between 2011 and 2017) in the percentage of Grade 10 learners achieving an overall pass mark of 30 points as well as an increase of 10% in respect of learners obtaining an overall of 25 points at Grade 12 level in national examinations.
The rationale for the development of this qualification is anchored on the need to meet the above mentioned challenge which require well trained teachers full of expertise, competency, and ability not only to implement the national curriculum and assessments but also able to respond to various teaching and learning needs at different basic school levels.
The development of this qualification began with research and wider consultation, focusing the efforts on establishing not only the need but also ways on how to satisfy that need, which is still ongoing until the 31st of August 2019. Among those being consulted are; members of the general public, National Teachers Union (NANTU), Various Regional Education Offices, various Schools (Grade 0-7) within the Khomas Regional (circuits, clusters) and tertiary