19 Jan 2014 15:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 19 JAN (NAMPA) Five new schools have opened in the southern region of //Karas since last year.
The latest school to open was the Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School, which opened in Oranjemund last Monday.
Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School is the first Government school to open at the mining town of Oranjemund following a request from residents to President Hifikepunye Pohamba as the only other school there the Oranjemund Private School is too expensive for parents with low or no incomes.
The school accommodates 275 learners in Grades 1 to 7.
//Karas education director /Awebahe Johannes //Hoeseb told Nampa in an interview on Friday the aim is to create enough schools and a wide enough curriculum to enable this fast-growing region to offer education to all Namibians.
After the people of Oranjemund made the request to the President last year, their call for a Government school was answered. They also suggested that the school be named after Amutenya, //Hoeseb stated.
He explained that Amutenya was the first black man to get involved in adult literacy in Oranjemund before Independence, and the first black Namibian man to graduate with a degree in adult literacy from the University of the North in South Africa around 1970.
Another new school is Noordoewer Junior Secondary School, which opened in January and accommodates Grade 8 to 10 learners.
The school was formed after the junior secondary division split from the EHW Baard Combined School at Noordoewer. EHW Baard is now a primary school.
Now we have two schools in Noordoewer, EHW Baard Primary School with Grades 1 to 7, and Noordoewer Junior Secondary, //Hoeseb said.
Another school is Schmelenville Combined School at Bethanie, which extended its curriculum to include Grade 11 in 2012. Before then, the school only went up to Grade 10.
Last year, the same school also started offering Grade 12 classes, thus changing into a junior secondary school.
Also in 2013, a new school called Angra Pequena Senior Secondary opened in Lüderitz.
Asked whether media reports about the lack of space at Keetmanshoop schools this year is something to be concerned about, the director said space in schools is never a problem in Namibia as Government is always ready to create enough space.
Government has promised to provide tents to all the schools that do not have enough space to accommodate learners, so we cannot say there is no space for learners. We never had a situation where learners stayed out of school due to lack of space so lets not panic about simple things that are under control, //Hoeseb said.
He noted that all learners will be accommodated despite the little available space in schools around the region, and there is no need for people to think space will not be made for their children.