Otjozondjupa education directorate to deliberate over Neu Sommerau school

12 Mar 2019 18:00pm
KOMBAT, 12 MAR (NAMPA) - The Education Directorate in the Otjozondjupa Region is expected to sit next week to discuss the sourcing of funds within the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) for the seemingly abandoned classrooms and teachers' quarters constructed at the Neu Sommerau Government Resettlement Farm near Kombat three years ago.

The establishments, which have been unoccupied since their construction three years ago, have been dormant because the ministry is yet to source funds to commission a company to connect the requisite electricity and water units.

The four classroom blocks, two bedroom teachers’ quarters and ablution facilities were constructed by the ministry in the region in 2015 at a cost over N.dollars 2 million and have not been utilized since their completion in 2016.

The Otjozondjupa Regional Education Chief Development Planner, Veziruapi Tjombonde who directly deals with the matter told Nampa in an interview on Tuesday that the pending connection of water to the ablution systems, is one of the biggest challenges holding back the operations of the new school.

“Electricity connection is also not done. I am also equally disappointed to see that building still standing like that,” said Tjombonde.

She said that the directorate of education will have to contract a construction company that will come and complete the outstanding work on the water and electricity connections.

The school aimed at educating children on the farm from pre-primary to Grade 3, will only open its doors once the remaining processes have been completed, Tjombonde added.

Most of the children on the farm attend primary school at Kombat, situated approximately 10 kilometres away from the core activities of the farm.

Executive Director in the MoEAC, Sanet Steenkamp on many occasions in 2018 and this year referred this matter back to Tjombonde’s office or the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, where all affairs of the directorate of education in the region are handled.