San kindergarten could close due to lack of educational material

13 Nov 2013 17:40pm
LIKWATERERA, 13 NOV (NAMPA) - A kindergarten meant to give San children access to pre-primary education at the Likwaterera resettlement area could be closed due to a lack of educational materials.
The school also lack desks and chairs for the learners.
Likwaterera is situated in the Rundu Rural East Constituency of the Kavango East Region.
The 53 minor learners, most of whom are under the age of five years, are taught under less than optimal circumstances, sitting on dead tree trunks or on the ground during lessons.
A female teacher, who volunteered to teach at the kindergarten for the previously-marginalised community, has been working for close to five months without getting her allowances, which the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister promised her when she started work in July this year.
The Likwaterera kindergarten was established in 2010, but closed the following year after the previous teacher abandoned the school.
During a visit to the school by Nampa on Tuesday, children were being taught under a tree, as there are no classroom facilities.
The teacher, Fransiska Marungu, told this reporter that the kindergarten does not have educational materials such as pens and book.
They also borrow chalk from surrounding schools, while the blackboard they utilise belongs to the Ministry of Education’s literacy programmes.
Marungu stated that absenteeism amongst learners is high as they attend classes on empty stomachs because the kindergarten does not benefit from the Ministry of Education’s school-feeding programme.
The kindergarten falls under the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, as it is situated within the Likwaterera resettlement area.
Members of the San community were relocated to the Likwaterera area in November 2010 so as to actively participate in farming activities in order to become self-sustainable, and it has since been declared a resettlement area by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
“We teach them under a tree, and by 10h00 it gets hot because of the sun,” the teacher explained.
Rundu Rural East Constituency Councillor Michael Shikongo confirmed on Wednesday that the volunteer teacher is yet to receive her allowances.
Shikongo also said the teacher almost quit her job as she is unable to sustain herself because she also has a family to feed.
Efforts to obtain comment from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister proved futile as the Deputy PM (Marco Hausiku) was not available for comment.
However, an official from that office who refused to be identified as he is not allowed to speak to the media, promised to follow up on the matter and find out what happened to educational materials which were donated to the school, as well as the teacher’s allowance.