Having been a strong supporter and advocate of the aforesaid change for many years, Kapere made these remarks while addressing the institution’s Official Academic Opening for 2015 where he also expressed his excitement over the transformation. He added that key among the reforms to the higher education sector, is the expansion thereof by the establishment of a diverse and differentiated system that would be able to cater for the different needs and that would effectively support the national development agenda. He expressed satisfaction over the prospect for increased avenues for skills development, training and education for the Namibian youth.
With reference to the Poly’s theme for 2015, “Excellence in the 21st Century,” Kapere said it signifies that the institution is moving forward and that it will continue to emphasise quality, excellence and success. Kapere also told the students that the success of an education institution is largely dependent on the performance of its students and called on them to ensure that they are motivated to achieve excellence and success in their education.
“Cultivate an attitude of learning. This is the Holy Grail for self-improvement, and be mindful of the fact that you have a role to play in helping our society to move ahead,” he said.