Project Schools making good progress

13 Jan 2017 08:30am
WINDHOEK 13 JAN (NAMPA) – Some Project Schools in the Khomas Region are making good progress within the limited resources availed to them.
During a media tour to Tobias Hainyeko Combined, Westmont High and Havana Secondary schools in Windhoek on Thursday, the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Ester Anna Nghipondoka told Nampa her visit to the schools is to see if Government is making progress in construction.
Project Schools are temporary structures, most likely tents.
Nghipondoka, who was accompanied by the Khomas Regional Director of Education Gerard Vries and Chairperson of Khomas Regional Council Rachel Jacob, met with the schools’ principals and said she is pleased with the progress.
“Tobias Hainyeko progress is marvellous. I was here last year March and there was no single building, not even a brick, but now there are some blocks that are already occupied,” she said.
Nghipondoka explained that the first phase of Westmont is complete and the Ministry is planning another phase next year.
The principal of Havana Secondary School, Mweti Simasiku informed Nghipondoka that the school’s operations are executed better since the classes for Grade 9 and 10 have were constructed last year, while Grade 8 is waiting for theirs.
She said with the ministry facing challenges of infrastructure, there are plans to address the matter.
“We are not saying we will put up buildings today however we are planning. Where we have tents we put up a building, where we didn’t have a school we started one,” Simasiku said.
The growth of the population, she said, will determine the establishment of more Project Schools in the future.
“The Regional Development Committees, (RDC) identify where we need schools, they communicate through the regional directorates, that’s how the process of planning goes.”
She advised teachers to keep in mind that challenges are temporary and to always find a way around them.
“Do what you can do and teach your children. You may be teaching under tents but teach, let them pass and tomorrow you’ll find yourself teaching in a classroom.”