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Khomas and Erongo face school space constraints

Khomas and Erongo face school space constraints

Zorena Jantze

MANY parents and guardians of children are caught in a difficult state of affairs with the start of the year as the ministry of education has stated that the Erongo and Khomas regions are facing space constraints for entry level grades leaving many school children locked out from the education system.

The cumbersome situation could be seen Monday morning, as some residents in Windhoek could be witnessed at the KCAC in Katutura gathering at the Teacher’s Resource Centre and quarrelling with staff members as the doors would sometimes be closed as they queued up outside the center.

A few kilometres from the KCAC, Anna Doeses, the mother of a grade one learner, stated that she was sent away from a primary school where she tried to enrol her child, after she fell short of providing the N$400 application fee at the school.

The Executive Director of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, explained the situation on the ground and noted that the country currently faces space constraints in the Erongo region as well as in Khomas.

She added that a total of N$19 million was allocated at the end of last year to deal with the space constraint issues which included building more classrooms. The grades affected by this mostly include pre-primary, grade one and grade 8.

Steenkamp explained that schools in the two regions often run low on space for learners due to a high influx of people into the regions, as rising unemployment numbers push desperate job seekers to urban areas.

Steenkamp noted that there are some who hog up spaces by having their child take up more than one space in schools resulting in shortages as well.

The ED further warned schools that might be guilty of keeping learners out of schools due to a lack of money.

“Every child has a right to education. If we do have evidence that parents are being sent away from schools due to administration fees, actions will be taken, space has to be made for this children. If we do know principals and admissions committees at schools who make themselves guilty of this, we need to take necessary action. Parents should reach out to the inspector of education, thereafter, the deputy director of programmes and quality assurance, or the regional director,” Steenkamp said.

She requested regional directors against the overcrowding of hostels not only on the back of health reasons, but for infrastructural maintenance.

Photo for illustrative purposes: Zorena Jantze.

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