893 primary school pupils unplaced at coastal towns

26 Jan 2018 11:10am
SWAKOPMUND, 26 JAN (NAMPA) - There are 253 first graders in Swakopmund and 640 in Walvis Bay still waiting to be accommodated in the morning lesson slots, Director of Education in Erongo Region, John /Awaseb has said.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, /Awaseb said the pupils could not be accommodated in the morning slots due to lack of space as all the schools are already full.
He said the 893 children are not sitting at home but a provision was made for them to attend afternoon classes while waiting for completion of classrooms.
The pupils in Swakopmund are attending afternoon classes at Hanganeni Primary School, he said, while those in Walvis Bay are accommodated at Immanuel Ruiters Primary School.
/Awaseb said the construction of eight classrooms at Kuisebmond Project School in Walvis Bay is almost complete while seven classrooms are under construction at the plot next to Hanganeni Primary School in Swakopmund.
“As soon as the classrooms are complete then they will start to attend morning slots,” said the education director.
He attributed the influx of learners to the two coastal towns to people moving in search of employment, mostly at the mines and fish factories in the area.
/Awaseb said there are always between 40 and 45 learners in one class.
He noted that even with the current construction of the classes in the two towns, the construction of two primary schools in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in 2016, the region still requires six more primary and secondary schools to keep up with the inflow.