114 learners in a class

Schools at Rundu are severely overcrowded and under-resourced.

12 March 2019 | Education

Ndama Combined School, situated in Rundu's Ndama informal settlement, is faced with multiple challenges, especially overcrowding, including one class having 114 learners.

The school has only seven toilets for 2 247 learners and two reserved for teachers, which are only used for emergencies as the septic tank fills up in a single day.

Namibian Sun visited the school yesterday and also observed a lack of furniture and ablution facilities, with learners having to relieve themselves in the bushes inside the school premises.

Concerned community members informed Namibian Sun about the situation at the school and have called for a better learning and teaching environment.

Ndama Combined School was established in 1978 and is among the best government schools in the Kavango East Region, despite its multiple challenges.

School principal Fillipine Munkanda acknowledged the challenges.

She said 2 247 learners were enrolled this year in grades four to nine.

Munkanda said overcrowding was a major concern.

She said some learners had to sit on the floor and write on their laps, while others shared chairs or desks.

“We have a serious issue of overcrowding in our classes, like for example in the grade 8C class there are about 114 learners. The grade 8E class has about 91 learners. The lowest number of learners in a class at our school is 58,” Munkanda said.





The reason why the grade 8C class has 114 learners is because there are not enough Rumanyo language teachers, and all the grade 8 learners doing the subject were placed in one class, she said.

The education ministry's staffing norm is one teacher per 30 learners.

Munkanda also explained the lack of ablution facilities, saying the school had only four toilets for female learners, three for male learners and two for teachers.

She said all nine toilets were connected to one septic tank, which is emptied once a month.

Munkanda said due to the high pupil population, the septic tank filled up in a single day.

“If we decide to leave the toilets open at all times, the septic tank will be full in one day and remain blocked until it's emptied after a month. This is why we have decided that the ablution facilities will only be used during times of emergency,” she said.

Namibian Sun also observed some learners making use of the bushy area within the school premises when nature calls. This is not far from the area where the school feeding scheme cooking takes place.

Other challenges include a lack of teaching materials, no school hall, no library, no laboratories and a confined administration block.

Asked whether these issues were reported to the regional education directorate, Munkanda said they had, but not much action had been taken.

She said the school management will visit the office of Kavango East education director Fanuel Kapapero soon to engage him.

Munkanda said the school had constructed a number of temporary structures, which would be used as classrooms in order to alleviate the overcrowding.

Attempts to get comment from Kapapero yesterday proved futile, as his cellphone went unanswered.

He said in an earlier interview on Friday that overcrowding was a major concern in the region.

Kapapero said more than 60 000 learners enrolled in schools in the region this year, with 30 000 of them based at Rundu.

“If you look at the number of learners in schools just in Rundu alone, it's a lot, and that is why I said we need more schools to be constructed in the region,” Kapapero said.

Namibian Sun understands that most of the schools in the Rundu circuit have about 2 000 to 3 000 learners each.

KENYA KAMBOWE

Similar News

 

Nust announces acting VC

2 days ago - 19 March 2019 | Education

The council of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) has announced the appointment of Morné du Toit as its new vice-chancellor, effective 1...

Oshigambo school collapsing

2 days ago - 19 March 2019 | Education

The privately owned Oshigambo High School, which is among the top best-performing schools in the country, is on the verge of collapsing and the school...

Woestynfeesfluitjies begin al blaas!

2 days ago - 19 March 2019 | Education

Amoré Engelbrecht, graad 12AWalvisbaai Privaat Hoërskool hou die jaarlikse Woestynfees van die 19de tot die 23ste Maart 2019. Al die eerstespanne van WBPHS neem...

Musiek vir die agtergrond

2 days ago - 19 March 2019 | Education

Evany van Wyk Orkesweek het amptelik op 4 Maart 2019 afgeskop by die Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS). Die geleentheid se organiseerders het hulself oortref,...

Ta ya ka tidhwamo megumbo lyepangelo mOmungwelume

6 days ago - 15 March 2019 | Education

Shilongo okwa lombwele oshifokundnaeki shoNamibian Sun kutya ehala ndyoka tali adhika mOmungwelume hamu zi aanaskola lyepangelo inali landwa kongushu yoomiliyona 6 opo li...

Pupils face eviction

1 week ago - 14 March 2019 | Education

Ohangwena chief regional officer Fillipus Shilongo has tasked regional education director Isak Hamatwi to find suitable alternative accommodation for 94 Omungwelume Senior Secondary School learners...

Aanaskola ya otekathana

1 week ago - 14 March 2019 | Education

Ompumbwe yomuhandjo gwoskola oshowo omahala gokuza gaakwanezimo moskola Omungwelume Senior Secondary School oya etitha aanaskola moskola ndjoka ya kale ya otekathana nokuza pamwe ya...

Pupils live like married couples

1 week ago - 13 March 2019 | Education

A lack of hostel and family accommodation has resulted in Omungwelume Senior Secondary School learners cohabiting like husband and wife. “Parents have sent their...

114 learners in a class

1 week ago - 12 March 2019 | Education

Ndama Combined School, situated in Rundu's Ndama informal settlement, is faced with multiple challenges, especially overcrowding, including one class having 114 learners.The school has only...

A people’s person

1 week ago - 12 March 2019 | Education

Justicia ShipenaKevin Wessels is a social entrepreneur, a politician by heart and an avid bookworm, who was born and bred in Windhoek.His parents passed away...

Latest News

Millions unaccounted for at NDC,...

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Economics

The Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) has failed to submit documentary evidence to prove how it spent N$90.1 million between 2015 and 2017, the latest report...

Aluta continua!

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Columns

Tomorrow is without doubt a significant day in our national history, as we pause to celebrate the spirit of our forefathers and struggle heroes and...

Africa Briefs

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Economics

No end date for Eskom’s power cutsSouth Africa's public enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday he cannot say yet when rolling blackouts will end, as...

Cob plundering suspects nabbed

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Crime

Leandrea Louw Two men arrested on Saturday for allegedly being in possession of 60 large cob made their first appearance in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s...

Unfinished pipeline impacts 7 000...

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Infrastructure

About 6 932 people and 33 790 large and 18 395 small stock units are facing thirst, as the agriculture ministry battles to finish the...

Apple unveils new iPad, updates...

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Technology

Sonam RaiApple Inc, in a surprise move on Monday, launched a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and updated its iPad Mini ahead of a March 25...

Climate change and productivity

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Agriculture

Climate change is a long-term change in climatic/weather patterns of the earth or region. Such change is observed in temperature and rainfall patterns, amongst others....

Palladium hits record high

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Business

Palladium surged to a record yesterday as the risk of a ban on some Russian exports added to supply concerns for the autocatalyst metal. Spot...

State supports non-compliant security firms

1 day - 20 March 2019 | Business

Employers and trade unions agree that one of the major issues facing the Namibian security services industry is that some government institutions continue to appoint...

Load More