Limited secondary schools a problem: Semba

21 Jan 2019 06:20am
GOBABIS, 21 JAN (NAMPA) – The limited number of secondary schools in Gobabis continues to pose a challenge for the regional education directorate.
Gobabis, the Omaheke Region’s main economic centre, only has two secondary schools which have been battling to cope with the high number of learners coming from primary schools.
Omaheke’s Director of Education, Peka Semba in an interview with Nampa on Friday said the town has five primary schools which feed the secondary schools.
The situation has led to an unhealthy learning environment as the two secondary schools are filled to the brim with learners, exceeding their legal intake ceiling.
The two schools - Epako Secondary School and Wennie Du Plessis Secondary School - currently have 1 200 and 1 000 learners respectively.
Epako was built to only accommodate 600 learners, while Wennie Du Plessis was meant to cater for 700 learners, Semba said.
He said the ministry has already submitted its proposal to the National Planning Commission for a third school in the town to solve the problem, but the process could take some time before coming to fruition.
“We have a real problem on our hands; one that we have been battling for years. We are however hopeful that once a new secondary school is constructed, the problem will be solved,” he said.
Semba said the matter is made more complex by parents choosing to send their children to Gobabis from rural schools, instead of considering schools available in their areas.
He said this is propelled by the false impression that schools in urban areas offer better education than those in rural settings.
“There is a school in just about all other six constituencies of the region outside Gobabis, so there is no justification to send a child from Otjinene if there is a secondary school just next to the primary school the learner attended,” said Semba.
The education director therefore called on parents to desist from the practice, as it places undue strain on the directorate in placing these learners into the two secondary schools available.
Nampa last year reported how learners at Epako were forced to work from the floor due to a shortage of desks and chairs as a result of overcrowding.
Although the situation has since improved, they are not out of the woods yet and overcrowding still prevails.