Fire destroys pre-primary school in Kutenhoas

24 Oct 2013 13:20pm
BERSEBA, 24 OCT (NAMPA) – A fire gutted four classrooms, an office, library and storeroom at the Kutenhoas Pre-Primary School in the Berseba Constituency of the //Karas Region on Wednesday.
It is not yet clear what caused the blaze and how much damage it has caused.
Kutenhoas Pre-Primary has 112 learners attending Grades Zero (pre-primary) to Seven.
The school is one of many schools in the region used for multi-grade teaching due to the shortage of learners and teachers.
Deputy Director of Education in //Karas, Celi Mostert told Nampa on Thursday that lessons were disrupted on Wednesday, but resumed Thursday morning with the few textbooks and furniture saved from the fire.
“The school will do its best to make sure the classes continue as usual, and we will help them to do that. At the moment, I do not know how much damage was caused, but it will be assessed so that we know how to rectify the situation,” Mostert said.
A teacher from the school, who preferred anonymity, said the fire started in the library, and destroyed the rest of the buildings as the fire brigade arrived late.
“We managed to save some textbooks from the library where the fire started. The fire brigade came late because they have to travel 60 kilometres from the Tses village to our school,” she explained.
She said classes continued this morning in the hostel hall, kindergarten classroom, and in the living room at the teachers’ quarters.