Distance business school inaugurated
In a speech read on behalf of the Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi, Deputy Director Sandra van Zyl said, “I see that Southern Business School has a strong focus on distance education. It is important to realise that this mode of study is growing all over the world. As we move towards the knowledge society, it obliges us to keep our skills relevant, current and up to date. This demands that we have to engage in lifelong learning.”
The Ministry of Education said it welcomes partners who help young people access tertiary education and encouraged even more stakeholders to join in education and training.
“I have often stated that education can not take place in isolation. I have also, on many occasions, alluded to the fact that government, on its own, can not carry the entire education system. Government encourages private providers to join the education area and gladly takes hands with new partners who deliver quality education and training,” he said.
“Investing in the people of Namibia is not only commendable, but shows an understanding of the value of education and training, a sign of empowering our people. With more than 1500 students in the country, SBS Namibia is becoming an institution to be reckoned with,” he added. However, the minister said it is important to remember that if the state allow private investment in an arena like higher education, it has to be ensured that the training provided is aligned to the development agenda of the country. “It is encouraging to see that the Namibian educational system has diversified around the needs of these students. Different modes of study are offered through our system. Students have the option of full time studies, part time studies and distance education, sometimes even a blend of these modes,” he said.
The minister commended the Southern Business School for providing distance learning to local students. He expressed the hope that the school would go from strength to strength and remain an institution that offers quality programmes and services to its students.