AN emergency meeting between representatives of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and the management of the Windhoek municipality resulted in the reconnection of water and electricity supply to schools that fell in arrears with municipal accounts to the tune of N$55 million.
In an official statement issued by Sanet Steenkamp, the Executive director of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, she says that the Ministry took note of the unfortunate suspension of services (Water and Electricity) at Government Schools in the Khomas Region by the City of Windhoek due to non payment.
“In efforts to get the services reconnected, the Ministry held discussions with the City of Windhoek on the matter of the outstanding amount of N$55 million. From the discussions held an arrears payment agreement was reached and an amount of N$30 million will be affected by 8 August, equally the remaining 25 million will be settled in equal instalments of N$5 million, additional to the ongoing monthly invoices.
According to the statement repayment agreement reached between the Ministry and the City of Windhoek, will see the immediate reconnection of services at the affected schools ensuring that teaching and learning at schools will continue uninterrupted.
The outstanding amount of N$55 million is owed by more than 180 schools in the Khomas Region and as a result the services of nine schools with the highest amounts of outstanding debt, were disconnected last week.