More grade 8 classrooms needed

11 January 2019 | Education

The number of grade 8 learners seeking placements in the Otjozondjupa Region have seen an increase, placing schools under pressure to create more space to accommodate them.

Government schools officially opened for the new school year on Tuesday and several teachers in the region told Nampa about the increasing number of learners looking for grade 8 spaces.

The teacher dealing with the registration of learners for grade 8 at Paresis Senior Secondary School, Ichnecuis Kavitjene, said his school had by Wednesday registered enough learners to fill eight classrooms this year.

“Each of these eight classrooms will have to take about 37 learners, on average, and registrations are still ongoing until Friday,” he said.

Kavitjene said the majority of these learners are from local primary schools that feed junior and secondary schools in the region.

Monica Geingos Junior Secondary School teacher, Rumold Tjazuka, said his school had six classrooms for grade 8 last year. This year they plan to add another classroom.

“Another classroom means additional teaching and learning resources, something we do not have,” he said. Karundu Junior Secondary School had eight grade 8 classrooms in 2018. With learners registering since Tuesday, they envision having to establish two more classrooms for grade 8 this year.

A member of Otjozondjupa's placement committee for grade 8, Udo Behnke, said they face a huge challenge finding spaces for every grade 8 learner in the region.

“Half of the learners looking for spaces are from other regions and show up with transfer letters,” he said.

Behnke said, on average, more than 100 learners have sought spaces at local schools this week.

He, however, gave an assurance that the committee is doing its best to find spaces for all the learners.



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