New primary school for Otjombinde in Omaheke

14 Feb 2014 14:10pm
TALISMANUS, 14 FEB (NAMPA) - A permanent solution to learners falling sick due to the overpopulation of a rural primary school in the Omaheke Region, is in the offing.
The Lister Primary School, situated some 230km east of Gobabis in the Otjombinde Constituency, had to be closed and learners sent home on more than one occasion in the past due to unhygienic conditions here.
Regular outbreaks of hygiene-related illnesses at the school are not new at this school - a situation health officials say is caused by the extreme pressure placed on the limited ablution and sanitation facilities.
While the school hostel was built for about 400 children, over 700 learners are now accommodated there.
Authorities in the area told Nampa on Friday that a new primary school, which is expected to ease the burden on the existing school, will soon be built.
Otjombinde Constituency Councillor Karii Marenga said a site has been identified at the constituency’s main economic centre of Talismanus for the construction of the envisaged primary school.
“The Talismanus settlement office has allocated a piece of land, on which the new primary school will be constructed. The school will be assisted with funds to be availed by the Embassy of China and other stakeholders,” he beamed.
Debushing exercises on the construction site of the new school are in full gear, as community members could be seen uprooting shrubs and clearing the site when this reporter visited.
No date has been set for the start of the construction process.