16 Apr 2015 07:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 16 APR (NAMPA) - A private school for children with special learning needs at Otjiwarongo held a public awareness day on Wednesday.
The TrainOccasion Primary School (PS) was founded in January 2012.
The school, which is situated along Bert Jansen Street in Otjiwarongo, has been conditionally accredited by the Ministry of Education, and offers lessons from pre-primary to Grade 12 level.
School principal Jenny Koestel told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday the school board decided to host the open day to create awareness about the schools existence in the Otjozondjupa Region.
There are many children in the region who need special learning and teaching in one-on-one sessions such as what we offer. We are not well known in the region, so the board decided to hold a day like this one, she said.
The school has five teachers assisting 12 mentally and physically challenged learners with various learning needs.
Koestel explained that learners at her school are attended to by teachers as per their identified theoretical learning and practical needs.
She said it is expensive to sustain the teaching and learning system for the learners as they require intensive care, special tools, equipment and conducive surroundings for them to move around freely.
She further stated that her school is willing to network with schools around the country on referral cases for physically and mentally challenged children aged between four and 18.
Koestel urged parents in the region and around the country to not keep children who are mentally and physically challenged at home.
Just consult with our school management so that we can assist you, she said.
Approached for comment, acting Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director Albertina-Peneyambeko Nangolo on Wednesday said the full registration of TrainOccasion PS is being attended to by the National Examination Assessment and Certification Board in the capital.
Nangolo said the school will be fully registered this year, adding that its services are needed in the region.
So far, Otjozondjupa has no school that offers lessons to learners with special needs, and TrainOccasion PS is our only hope. It needs to be fully registered, she said.