05 Apr 2017 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 05 APR (NAMPA) About 27 007 learners in four northern regions have been affected by floods.
This was revealed by Minister of Education, Arts and Culture and Member of Parliament (MP), Katrina Hanse-Himarwa in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
A total of 102 schools in the Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Zambezi regions have been affected, with Omusati reporting the highest number of schools affected - 75.
Hanse-Himarwa said buildings, especially ablution facilities, were submerged. Most schools were closed for two weeks due to the flooding, but reopened after the mid-term break.
The floods have had an impact on 99 learners from 10 schools in the Oshana Region.
Four schools have been completely closed, with a total of 1 636 learners affected, while three schools have been partly closed with 543 learners affected in the Ohangwena Region.
No schools have been closed in the Zambezi Region.
Hanse-Himarwa said the ministry has had no other option but to close the affected schools due to limited funds, while continuing to provide for their basic needs such as tents.
Ideas such as relocating and resettling people or communities to higher grounds seem not to be favoured by the locals who prefer to be given relief by government while they remain in their traditional habitats, she stated.
The MP furthermore indicated that the ministry is currently faced with a shortage of facilities and items such as tents, boats, mosquito nets, sanitary materials and funds.
To ensure that learners do not lose out on receiving quality education, the ministry is planning to conduct normal classes during the May holiday for these schools to compensate on lost time, the minister said.
In the case of Zambezi Region where floods have just started making an impact, the ministry will close the schools affected and carry out an assessment after three weeks in order to allow these schools to use the existing schools in the upper land to continue with classes during school holiday, she said.