With population increasing, //Kharas needs more primary schools: //Hoeseb

10 Jan 2019 07:50am
KEETMANSHOOP, 10 JAN (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture should build at least two more primary schools in //Kharas as the region is growing, with people moving here for various reasons.
This call was made by the Director of Education, Arts and Culture in the //Kharas Region, /Awebahe //Hoeseb during a meeting for principals here on Wednesday.
He explained that the region’s population is increasing, hence the need to build at least two primary schools at Keetmanshoop and Lüderitz.
“Last year we built four new classrooms at the Krönlein Primary School in Keetmanshoop but from the looks of things, this will not help or solve the problem,” he stressed.
The influx, he noted, is mostly because of socio-economic reasons, with many people who are transferred to the southern region for work.
“People are looking for greener pastures and for the past few years we asked for the construction of a primary school especially here in Keetmanshoop. Every year we are promised that funds will be allocated for the construction but still, it remains a dream,” //Hoeseb said.
Keetmanshoop Primary School principal, Pieter Scholtz in an interview with Nampa said with the irrigation scheme that will follow the completion of the Neckartal Dam, businesses growing and institutions such as the University of Namibia expanding at the town, there will be a need for more schools and it is time for Government do something about it.
“We are looking at close to 10 000 people who will be employed at this irrigation scheme that means we will need schools to accommodate the children of those employees,” he added.
Scholtz noted that spaces for pre-primary and Grade 1 placements remain a challenge every year at his school, adding that he has no extra space in those grades this year.
“It is painful to me to tell parents to take back their children as there is no space,” he said.