Double-shift system paying lip service to education: Nghipondoka

01 Feb 2018 06:00am
GROOT AUB, 01 FEB (NAMPA) – Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, has said the “dreaded double-shift system” in school pays lip service to the education of children.
Nghipondoka made these remarks while speaking at the handing over of classrooms donated by the Pupkewitz Foundation to Groot Aub Primary School on Wednesday.
She explained that children who attend afternoon classes, owing to the unavailability of space in schools to accommodate them in the morning, are always tired as they have spent the earlier part of the day playing.
“A child cannot be contained in bed after 07h00, so they wake up and play and when they get to school they are tired. This system is ineffective,” she said.
Nghipondoka said the ministry is however forced to use this system as there is not enough space while they are trying to keep children in school.
She called on business people to assist Government in addressing the issue.
“All our business people, wherever you find a school with this system, please intervene where you can and build a classroom or two so we can lift our schools out of this system,” she said.
The system works in a way that one group of teachers and learners attend school in the morning from 07h10 to 12h30 and another group of teachers and learners attend school from 13h00 to 17h00.
Nghipondoka said the Khomas Region has nine primary schools that use the double shift system which directly affects Grade 3 and 4 learners.
Digressing from the speech she was delivering on behalf of Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, the Education, Arts and Culture Minister, she explained that over the years, the system has been exacerbated by the influx of people in regions such as Khomas, Erongo, Oshana and Zambezi, which creates a greater demand for learners than the current infrastructure can accommodate.
“The unfortunate spin-off was high maintenance costs and a negative teaching and learning impact, especially for learners attending school in the afternoon,” she said.
The scorching Namibian heat also does not make optimal learning and teaching possible, Nghipondoka said.