Ohangwena Education Directorate expects more learners

06 Sep 2015 18:10pm
EENHANA, 06 SEP (NAMPA) – The Ohangwena Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture anticipates over 100 000 learners in its 253 schools by next year.
The directorate is in charge of the education of 98 027 learners currently.
Acting Director of Education, Arts and Culture in the Ohangwena Region, Isak Hamatwi took note of the anticipated learner population at Eenhana last Thursday when addressing the Ohangwena Women’s Action for Development (WAD) Field Day and Graduation.
More than 150 unemployed young people of Ohangwena Region received certificates at the occasion after completing WAD training from a week to 31 days in various aspects such as computer literacy, office administration, hospitality and tourism and needlework.
Hamatwi said 49 077 learners of the Ohangwena education directorate are female and 48 950 are male; almost a 50:50 split.
Out of the directorate’s 253 schools, 139 offer pre-primary classes, most of them in rural areas.
“We will be introducing pre-primary education at 30 schools in 2016. This is an indication that the days are gone when pre-primary education was only enjoyed by urban children,” he said.
He, however, noted that increasing the learner population will be both an achievement and a challenge, because resources are not expanding at the same rate as the demand and provision for education.
Hamatwi also revealed that his directorate is plagued by a shortage of qualified teachers, classrooms and deplorable living conditions for teachers.
The directorate currently has 748 unqualified teachers, 422 shed structures/classrooms and only 175 teachers’ houses available for a total 4 011 teachers in the region.
Most teachers under the Ohangwena Education, Arts and Culture Directorate are in the rural areas.
In terms of the government’s literacy programme, Hamatwi indicated that his directorate is this year accommodating 3 561 adult learners at literacy centres.
He said adult learners are educated to become knowledgeable, wiser and skilled, which eventually gives them opportunity to improve their lives.
“In the Ohangwena Region, no year passes without a new school being established. We are expecting four brand new primary schools to open their doors to learners next year, 2016,” he charged.
This will result in vulnerable and marginalised children - boys and girls - to go to school in their own villages and will be walking shorter distances, compared to those who lived and attended school before them in the same villages.