LEARNERS of Omutaku Combined School in the Ohangwena Region are still carrying their own chairs to school due to a shortage of furniture.
Apart from a shortage of desks and chairs, the school also lacks proper ablution facilities, with the old ones falling apart.
According to the school principal, Lucia Haulofu, learners have been carrying their own plastic chair to school since 2016.
Those without chairs have to find an alternative, such as sitting on bricks, or simply sitting on the floor.
“Currently, the learners sit on their chairs which they carry from their houses,” said Haulofu.
Haulofu added that the school requested for assistance from government way back, but that nothing has been done despite promises to help.
She added that the school needs at the very least 200 desks and chairs to mitigate the situation.
Haulofu noted that the situation is worsening as the school enrollment increases every year.
The school has a total of 775 learners enrolled from pre-primary to grade 9.
“A lot of desks and chairs are too old and in bad conditions,” said Haulofu, adding that all they can do is pray and hope that sponsors and donors come on board and assist.
Director of Education in the Region, Isaack Hamatwi, stated that the backlog is not only at the Omutaku combined school, but in many schools in the Ohangwena Region.
“We have issued tenders for the chairs and desks, but those chairs and desks will still not be enough for all the schools,” said Hamatwi.
He added that currently, they are only able to supply 80 desks and chairs to two new blocks built at Omutaku.