11 Jul 2016 14:10pm
WITVLEI, 11 JUL (NAMPA) Overcrowding at the Nossob Combined Schools hostel in Witvlei is so severe that learners share single beds and one toilet is used by 30 children.
There are currently 230 learners in the hostel - 100 more than it was designed to accommodate.
The schools principal, Ben Capro Geingob told Nampa on Saturday they have struggled with the overcrowding problem for the past two years.
Geingob was speaking to Nampa shortly after the handing over of fish and football equipment to the school by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources and the Namsov Community Trust.
It has been like this for the last two years and it is really not conducive at all, said Geingob.
The school has 800 learners, many of whom do not have alternative accommodation at the village as most of their parents live on the farms where they are employed, the principal said.
He also said the school often faces financial shortcomings as a result of the late allocation of funds by Government.
Hostel superintendent Josua Tjiurutue said something that helps to a degree is that some parents assist with cooking and the provision of firewood.
Meanwhile, Geingob also pleaded for any assistance to help renovate the hostel and possibly extend it so it can accommodate more learners. The school also needs additional classrooms.
He said the school does not have a laboratory.
When we have to do scientific experiments we just come out of the classes and improvise, he said.
Approached for comment, Director of Education in the Omaheke Regional Council Peka Semba said they receive only N.dollars 5 million for their capital budget.
He explained that the capital budget is usually based on the number of learners in a particular region.
The N.dollars 5 million is for the whole region and is mainly used for renovation and maintenance at existing schools or for the construction of additional schools or hostels.
He said other schools in the region such as Donkerbos Primary School face more pressing issues.
It is a concern, but it is not as if we are swimming in money. We have priorities and I do not even think we will assist them any time soon, not even in the next two years, said Semba.