19 Apr 2017 07:30am
REHOBOTH, 19 APR (NAMPA) Renovations on a block of eight Rehoboth High School (RHS) classrooms that was destroyed by fire last September, are nearing completion.
The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture forked out about N.dollars 6 million to repair extensive fire damage to the classrooms.
It is suspected that the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
Renovations commenced in February.
RHS Acting Principal, Caroline Strauss is happy with the pace at which renovations are going.
Even during holidays and weekends they (contractors) are pushing to complete the block, Strauss told Nampa on Tuesday.
The school management had to make some adjustments to use all available space for lessons, including teaching some learners outside before the rainy season started.
We had to renovate some of our classrooms that were locked as floor surfaces were damaged; some were old woodwork classes, and we also had to make use of the computer lab and science lab for lessons, she noted.
These renovations are done at a cost of N.dollars 22 000 from the school development fund, according to Strauss.
We had to adjust our timetables accordingly so some teachers had to have free periods during which we used their classrooms for those who did not have classrooms, she said.
Strauss expects renovations to be completed by the first week of next month.
Approached for comment on Tuesday, Mzingisi Gqwede, director of Education in Hardap, said the companies awarded tenders to fast-track the renovations are Easy Care Trading CC, TT De Groot Renovations, Africa Civil Engineering, Eembeli Investment, and Tuna Investment for electrical work.
Our works inspector is happy with the progress and hopefully the school will use the classes during the second trimester, Gqwede said.