Rundu parents battle for space at primary school

03 Jul 2013 07:10
By Olavi Haikera
RUNDU, 03 JUL (NAMPA) ? Rundu parents on Tuesday evening braved the cold weather conditions to overnight at the Rudolph Ngondo Primary School in order to secure application forms for their children?s Grade One enrollment at that school next year.
The Rudolph Ngondo Primary School has been the best-performing school in the Ncuncuni Circuit since its inception in 1998.
The school offers Grade One to Grade Seven lessons, and currently has a total of 983 learners.
When this reporter arrived at that school at around 23h00 on Tuesday evening, over 300 parents had already queued up - dressed in warm clothes and covered with blankets.
The parents started flocking to the school at around 13h00 when the school closed for the day, hoping to get application forms, but were told by the school?s management that the application forms will only be issued on Wednesday morning.
The school has 93 places for Grade One learners.
Asked why parents want to register their children at the Rudolph Ngondo Primary School while there are other schools with more classroom space around town, one of the parents, Anna Kamaranga, said the Rudolph Ngondo School is situated adjacent to their suburb.
She told Nampa that this makes it easier for her children to walk to and from school, as opposed to hiring taxis which is costly.
Kamaranga said the school offers quality education and has a good pass rate, and thus parents are ?fighting? for space at that school.
Another parent, Titus Sitentu, recruited a person for N.dollars 150 to overnight at the school on his behalf.
The Ncuncuni Circuit Inspector Solastika Hausiku was at that school as early as 05h00 on Wednesday morning to assess the situation.
She told this agency that the school is faced with a lack of classroom facilities, especially for Grade One learners, and there are currently only three Grade One classrooms at the school.
Hausiku said the school will only admit 35 learners per classroom as per the teacher/learner ratio of Government?s Education Policy.
The inspector proposed the need for more classrooms to be built by the government, as learner populations are increasing fast.
This situation is anticipated to get worse with the establishment of a new residential suburb to be known as ?Rundu Rainbow Village?, underway.
Most learners who complete Grade Seven at the Rudolph Ngondo Primary School opt for the St Boniface College and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) School, because these are the best-performing private high schools in the region.