Government, church-run school hostels to get higher subsidies

17 Dec 2013 13:30pm
GOBABIS, 17 DEC (NAMPA) - Cabinet has approved an increase in the subsidy allocated to all government subsidised hostels, including
church-supported school hostels.
The increment, which was decided upon during the 13th Ordinary Cabinet session convened in the capital on 03 September this year, will see learners living in hostels that are either Government-owned or those which are supported by churches receiving more to make their stay there more comfortable.
Hostel dwellers will now receive N.dollars 22 per learner, marking a N.dollars 10 increase from the current N.dollars 12 per head allocated to each learner.
This information is contained in a media release from the Cabinet Chambers distributed to the media via the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology last week.
Motivating the move, the line Ministry of Education noted that school hostels form an integral part of education in the provision of a healthy and homely atmosphere for the learners.
Hostel accommodation also ensures access to education, especially to the most marginalised learners.
According to Cabinet, the history of schools under the church, which provides education to vulnerable and most disadvantaged children, dates back to pre-independence Namibia and therefore ought to be supported.
The subsidy is used to supplement the caring of the learner living in the hostel, and mostly forms part of the general contribution allocated to the hostel by the church.
Various church denominations, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches, have for years been operating and managing school hostels, especially in remote rural areas.
It is not yet clear when the increment will be affected, although indications are that it could kick-in with the start of the new academic year in 2014.