Lack of primary school at Mix settlement force children home

19 Sep 2018 15:40pm
By Linea Dishena
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – About 400 children at the Mix informal settlement some 20 kilometres north of Windhoek are not attending school as the primary school earmarked for the settlement is yet to be built.
Parents of such children cannot afford the travelling costs involved in sending them to school in Windhoek.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Mix settlement resident, Susana Nepembe fumed that parents cannot afford N.dollars 400 to 500 per month on transport due their occasional jobs.
“The majority of us here hardly make N.dollars 400 to 500 per month through selling Kapana and working in the surrounding farms here,” she noted.
Windhoek Rural Constituency Councillor, Penina Inga-Ita confirmed to Nampa on Tuesday that due to the financial crisis the country is experiencing, the establishment of the school could not be realised.
“The unavailability of funds is a challenge. However, City of Windhoek did its feasibility study and a plot was identified and fenced off,” she explained.
She noted that the construction was meant to start in 2014, adding that once the funds are available construction will commence.
Another resident, Petrus Lukas said residents were unhappy with the slow rate of development at the settlement, noting that there are no essential services such as electricity, public toilets, a police station or clinic.
“We are here suffering although we have voted for someone to represent us and address such issues at the highest level,” he noted.
He said the councillor responsible for the settlement (Inga-Ita) is not doing anything and she only held one meeting in March 2018.
“How can development happen in the settlement if our own councillor does not even hold meetings with community members to address matters of such concern,” he said.
Inga-Ita disputed these claims, saying there is a village development officer who hold meetings with the community members and further communicate to her.
She added that she visits the settlement when the community development officer requests her to address issues directly with the community members.
“We want the residents to derive their development from grassroots level, therefore the very stop is through the elected village development officers so that nobody should feel left out,” she said.