Space shortage at Keetmanshoop schools sorted

02 Feb 2014 15:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 02 FEB (NAMPA) - The deputy director of education in the //Karas Region, Celi Mostert says the lack of space at Keetmanshoop schools and around the region has been dealt with by increasing the number of learners in classes.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Mostert said the problem experienced at some schools since last month was dealt with by exceeding the teacher to learner ratio which is 1:35 in primary schools and 1:30 in secondary schools.
“What we did was accommodate more than 35 children in most classes just to make sure all learners are enrolled,” she said.
Mostert noted that overcrowding is mostly caused by some parents who prefer some schools over others, mainly because these schools are perceived as performing better.
She noted that while some parents flock to schools such as Keetmanshoop Primary School, other schools such as Keetmanshoop Junior Secondary and JA Nel Secondary have space for more than 15 learners at the moment.
The deputy director further indicated that a certain number of Grade 10 repeaters aged 17 could not be registered at Lüderitz Secondary School as they only had limited space for Grade 10 repeaters aged 16.
She said these repeaters were referred to other schools in Rosh Pinah, Bethanie, and Keetmanshoop where they are now enrolled.
“Our town is growing very fast and we might find ourselves unable to accommodate all the children coming to study here because their parents are working here. The Neckartal Dam project will bring in a lot of people and that means more children to be admitted,” she said.
Mostert said as the economy of the town continues to grow, more schools, especially primary schools, will have to be constructed.
From last year until January this year, five new primary and secondary schools where opened in //Karas in Lüderitz, Oranjemund, Bethanie, Rosh Pinah, and at the Noordoewer settlement.