Daures councillor attributes failure to dilapidated schools

16 Feb 2016 16:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 16 FEB (NAMPA) – The councillor for the Daures Constituency in the Erongo Region is attributing learners’ poor performance, especially in his constituency, to dilapidated schools.
“The learners are failing because the environment they are taught in is not conducive. Something need to be done to make sure schools are in a good state if we want children to pass well,” Joram Kennedy !Haoseb said to Nampa on Monday.
The Erongo Region ended third overall in the 2015 Grade 12 Ordinary Level national examinations for the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate (NSSC). In 2014, the coastal region finished first.
The Kavango East Region took the top spot last year, followed by the Oshikoto Region, that remained in second place.
In the 2015 Grade 12 Higher Level examinations for the NSSC, Erongo dropped from second place to third place.
!Haoseb referred specifically to Petrus !Ganeb Secondary School at the Uis settlement, which he said is in a terrible state after two classes were destroyed by fire 15 years ago and were never repaired.
!Haoseb, who went to school there, said he and 98 fellow graduates started collecting money in 2012 to repair the school but have to date only managed to raise N.dollars 15 000 from gala dinners and donations from their own pockets.
Confirming the story on Monday, one of the alumni, Jacky Rutz said the school has cracked floors and broken windows, while some bricks have fallen and the toilets and showers are broken and leaking.
“It seems Government is slow to repair the school, so we stood up to fix it but we need support from big companies. We need about N.dollars 2 million,” said Rutz.
Rutz added Dibasen Junior Secondary School in Okombahe settlement of Daures and S.I !Gobs Senior Secondary School in Omaruru to their list of dilapidated schools that need attention.
“Like our President Hage Geingob said, see what you can do for your Government but not always what your Government can do for you. We are doing our best to meet Government halfway.”
Regional Education Director, John /Awaseb confirmed the schools’ need repairs but refuted that children are failing due to that.
“It has to do with children’s hard work, discipline and teachers’ dedication towards teaching. I refuse to accept they fail because the environment is not conducive.”
/Awaseb said, although the burnt classes at !Ganeb were not repaired, the directorate prioritised on repairing part of the hostel and building four flats for teachers last year.
“We could not repair all the schools immediately because we receive a small budget of N.dollars 3 million every year to repair 54 schools and hostels across the region.”
The education director applauded those who go out of their way to assist Government in repairing schools.
He said repairs will be done in phases when the money is available and appealed to the private sector to assist and solve this issue, as educational infrastructure is not entirely Government’s responsibility.