Zambezi residents only know how to criticise on social media – regional officer

Regina Ndopu-Lubinda

Zambezi chief regional officer Regina Ndopu-Lubinda claims the majority of residents only know how to criticise leaders on social media about the region’s poor academic performance, without providing practical solutions.

She said this at the opening of a training workshop for the region’s science teachers at Katima Mulilo last week.

The week-long workshop, sponsored by Risk-Based Solutions (RBS) in collaboration with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), is aimed at sharpening the skills of chemistry, physical science, biology and mathematics teachers at Advanced Subsidiary level.

Ndopu-Lubinda said the region’s leaders sometimes wonder why it is performing poorly, after pumping a substantial amount of money into the education sector.

Residents, however, are not supportive, she claims.

“All the residents can do is talk about poor leadership on social media groups, without bringing the resources they have towards the betterment of the education system in the region.

“When we say resources, we mean every cent, expertise, in kind, etc. Therefore, we are happy when we have exceptional individuals and institutions that do not complain on platforms, but bring the few resources they have for the betterment of the education system in the region.

“We thought we were alone in fighting to improve the state of education in the region,” she said.

Speaking at the same event, Zambezi governor Lawrence Sampofu lashed out at the local business community, which he said is doing little to assist with challenges such as floods and infrastructure development in the region.

He said the region receives assistance from business people from other regions, but never from locals.

“Shame on the local business people who are doing nothing to assist us,” Sampofu said.

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