720 Grade One learners without space at the coast

14 Jan 2015 12:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 14 JAN (NAMPA) – All Grade One classes at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are already full beyond the teacher to learner ratio of 1:35.
When schools started Wednesday, 720 children looking for spaces in Grade One could not be accommodated in schools at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, as all available classes have more than 40 learners.
The Director of Education in the Erongo Region, John /Awaseb confirmed to Nampa, that there are 500 children in Walvis Bay and 220 in Swakopmund who need placements.
He said the situation is worsened by an influx of parents migrating to the two coastal towns with their children in search of jobs.
Awaseb noted that to remedy the situation, the directorate of education decided to create 16 classes in Walvis Bay and four in Swakopmund.
Such classes will be used to accommodate the 720 children to be taught in the evening.
He said no new classes will be built, but arrangements are done to use some day classrooms for evening slots after the afternoon lessons are completed.
“Parents should not panic, we promise to accommodate all the children in Grade One. We have the mandate to do so,” said the director.
As for Grade Eight, /Awaseb says there are 20 children who still need placement in Swakopmund.
He said the 20 children would be squeezed in the already full classes at Swakopmund.
“Another challenge is the lack of spaces for Grade 10 repeaters. We do not have spaces for them in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. We recommended that they find space in towns such as Usakos or Otjiperongo village, where they can even get hostel accommodation,” /Awaseb told the news agency.
Another option for those who fail Grade 10 is to enroll for the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL).
Awaseb said apart from Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, there are enough spaces in all grades across the region.