27 Jan 2014 15:30pm
OTJIWARONGO, 27 JAN (NAMPA) - The shortage of classroom space in Otjiwarongo has forced the Otjozondjupa Regions Education directorate to rent a church building for Grade 8 learners.
Otjozondjupa Regional Education Deputy Director, Albertina-Peneyambeko Nangolo told Nampa on Monday that there is no more space available for Grade 8 learners at Otjiwarongos schools.
We are challenged by the lack of classrooms, and we are now forced to rent a church building from the Faith Assembly Church of God to accommodate our Grade 8 learners, she explained.
Nangolo said if more classrooms are needed, tents will have to be erected as temporary structures on the church premises to accommodate more learners.
No learner of school-going age will be left to roam the streets due to a lack of space in schools, she assured, adding that an agreement has already been reached with Pastor Seth Husselmann of the Faith Assembly Church of God for the Education directorate to rent the building as from Monday.
The directorate is expected to rent the whole building, including three outside rooms, for over N.dollars 9 000 a month.
The building comes with toilet facilities, and is situated in Verde Street, east of the Vooruit Primary School in Otjiwarongo.
The former principal of the Okakarara Senior Secondary School, Charles Ngozu, is expected to head the temporary school until the position is advertised and filled.
Ngozu was allegedly removed from that Okakarara school during early 2013 for non-performance.
Nangolo furthermore urged parents whose children have not been placed in schools yet to contact her office so that she could arrange to have them placed.
She attributed the lack of space in Grade 8 at Otjiwarongo to the high number of primary schools feeding the four senior secondary schools at the town.
We are challenged, and as from this year we are going to build three new senior secondary schools in Otjiwarongo to solve this problem permanently, she stressed.
Nangolo noted that the opening of the Otjikoto B2Gold Mine and the Otjiwarongo Town Square Mall last year also meant the towns population has increased, resulting in a need for more schools.
I therefore urge the Otjiwarongo Town Council to also put aside land where we can build new schools for the suburbs which they are creating around town, she continued.
When this news agency arrived at the Faith Assembly Church of God building on Monday morning, nearly 500 learners and parents were present there.
Officials of the Ministry of Works and Transport were busy off-loading chairs and desks for the learners.