24 Jan 2016 14:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 24 JAN (NAMPA) - The constant shortage of classrooms in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund poses a serious challenge to the Directorate of Education in the Erongo Region.
Erongo education director John /Awaseb told Nampa in an interview on Friday this problem can only be solved with the construction of six more primary and secondary schools.
He was asked to give an update on the placement of Grade One learners in the two coastal towns.
He said new schools are needed in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund only as these towns are inundated with Grade One learners every year.
This is due to people moving to the coast in search of employment at the mines and fish factories.
The director said classes in the region are full, with 40 to 45 learners in one class.
As we speak 90 first graders are still being placed in schools at Walvis Bay. This is after placements have already been done, which shows we have a lot of children to accommodate but no classrooms.
He however have his assurance that all new learners will be accommodated this year.
The director said all first graders who sought places in Swakopmund have already been accommodated.
We will deliver on our promise that all children will be accommodated. We made provisions for extra classes in both towns so there should be no panic this year, he said.
/Awaseb said this year, two primary schools will be built, one in Swakopmund and another in Walvis.
This is to prepare for next year, as it was noticed over the past five years that the space in primary schools there was not adequate.
The director called on the private sector to assist government in building more schools.
With regards to the regions performance, /Awaseb said the 2015 Grade 12 results are disappointing and teachers, principals and parents should be innovative and should work hard to achieve a better ranking this year.
The Erongo Region ended third overall in the 2015 Grade 12 Ordinary Level national examinations. In 2014 it finished first.
The Kavango East Region took the top spot last year, followed by the Oshikoto Region, who remained in second place.
In the 2015 Grade 12 Higher Level examinations, Erongo dropped from second place to third place.