More classrooms needed for Grade 8 learners in Otjozondjupa

10 Jan 2019 13:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 10 JAN (NAMPA) – The number of Grade 8 learners seeking placement in the Otjozondjupa Region has seen an increase, placing schools under pressure to create space to accommodate them.
Government schools officially opened for the new school year on Tuesday and several teachers in the region on Wednesday told Nampa about the increasing number of learners looking for spaces in Grade 8 since then.
The teacher dealing with the registration of learners in Grade 8 at Paresis Senior Secondary School, Ichnecuis Kavitjene said his school had by Wednesday registered enough learners to fill eight classrooms this year.
“Each of these eight classrooms will have to take about 37 learners on average and registrations are still ongoing until Friday,” he said.
Kavitjene said the majority of these learners at his school are from the local primary schools feeding junior and secondary schools in the region.
Monica Geingos Junior Secondary School teacher, Rumold Tjazuka said his school in 2018 had six classrooms for Grade 8. This year, they plan to add another classroom.
“Another classroom means additional teaching and learning resources, something we do not have,” he said.
Karundu Junior Secondary School in 2018 had eight Grade 8 classrooms. With the learners registered since Tuesday, they envision having to establish two more classrooms.
A member of Otjozondjupa’s placement committee for Grade 8, Udo Behnke in an interview with Nampa on Wednesday said his committee faces a huge challenge in finding spaces for every Grade 8 learner in the region.
“Half of the learners looking for spaces are from other regions and show up with transfer letters,” he said.
Behnke stated that on average, more than 100 learners have sought space in local schools this week.
He however gave his assurance that his committee is doing its best to find spaces for all learners.