400 Khomas children still looking for school placement
11 January 2017 | Education
A total of 103 first-graders and 328 grade eight learners in the Khomas Region have not yet been enrolled in schools. Government schools open today.
Regional director of education Gerard Vries said this week that many parents had failed in their duty. Vries lashed out at parents, saying the government alone could not be held liable for children not being assigned to a school.
“It is not the fault of government that children are not placed for their respective grades as parents were informed in September last year to register their children.”
Due to the high demand for placement in grades one, eight and eleven, if an application for placement at a government school is unsuccessful that learner should then be registered at the regional educational directorate for consideration.
Applications at all government primary and secondary schools are done between July and August for the following academic year.
Vries said those registering late at his office might be assigned to a school 15 days after the start of the school year, adding that placement for the grades in high demand started on Monday.
The Khomas Region has 54 government and private primary schools and 30 government and private secondary schools.
Many learners attend school in the region because their parents work in the capital city or because of the better infrastructure available.