Omaheke governor advisor wants all children in school

19 Sep 2016 14:20pm
GOBABIS, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – The special advisor to the Omaheke regional governor has made a plea to the region’s residents who still have children not attending school, to enrol them without fail.
Pijoo Nganate said it is worrisome that despite education being made free, children of school-going age are still seen roaming the streets of major towns, settlements and villages around the region.
Nganate made the remarks at Drimiopsis during the commissioning of electricity at the settlement on Thursday.
A total of 73 houses were electrified through a partnership programme between the Central-North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) and the Omaheke Regional Council at a combined cost of N.dollars 4 million.
Nganate urged community members at the settlement and elsewhere in the region, who have children staying at home, to make sure that such children are enrolled at schools for them to receive an education.
“Education is very important and it is the right of every child to have access to it. We must not deny our children the opportunity to be educated, as that will be a great disadvantage to them. There is no need to have children sitting at home and doing nothing; bring them to school so they can learn something and improve their lives,” he noted.
He said Government has prioritised education by making schools, especially primary schools, available to many communities so that children do not miss out.
“Our government is doing all it can to make sure children gain an education, but you as parents and community members must also do you part. It is only through education that you can change your lives from being workers at farms to farm owners,” said Nganate.
The Omaheke Region is still plagued by the refusal of some community members, especially of the San tribe, to send their children to school. Although no official figures were available, reports have it that a large number of San people prefer to have their children stay with them on the farms where they are employed.
Of those who enrol for primary school, only a few make it to secondary school, largely as a result of voluntary withdrawal of the learners by their parents.