Khomas schools to reduce costs by doing own maintenance

30 Jun 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUN (NAMPA) – In efforts to reduce costs and improve the upkeep of school and hostel infrastructure, maintenance workers in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture have received training in minor on-site repairs and maintenance.
Nineteen hostel and 61 school maintenance workers employed at schools in the Khomas Region received certificates and toolboxes filled with the required equipment after completing the training here on Friday.
The ministry said the project was conceived to reduce the exorbitant amounts paid annually to external service providers to do minor maintenance work at these facilities.
Handing over the certificates, acting Chairperson of the Khomas Regional Council, George Trepper said the region’s education directorate has through this training decided to proactively assist schools and hostels to become more self-sustaining and more preventative in terms of infrastructure decay.
This will mean lower maintenance costs in the long run.
“It is about time we take full responsibility for the state our schools and hostel buildings are in,” said Trepper.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Khomas Region’s Director of Education, Arts and Culture, Gerard Vries said the directorate has considered providing basic maintenance tools to schools and hostels since 2014 due to the ever-increasing and pressing renovation and maintenance demands.
He said the demands have over the years outweighed the financial and human resources at the region’s disposal.
“The provision of basic tools to schools accompanied by basic training was opted for as it will be cost effective and efficient in the long run, if one compares that to the normal Ministry of Works and Transport maintenance routine,” said Vries.
He challenged the schools’ principals and superintendents to adopt the ‘Never Allow’ strategy – to not allow any broken items to degenerate until it has to be written off because it was not attended to at an early stage.