GOBABIS: Minister of Education, Dr Abraham Iyambo says the ministry is struggling to provide enough classrooms for the overwhelming number of new learners enrolled at schools every year.
Speaking during a cornerstone laying ceremony here for the renovation and expansion of buildings at various schools in the Omaheke Region on Wednesday, the minister said about 1 224 classrooms are needed countrywide to reach the acceptable teacher to learner ratio.
Vowing that no child should be taught under trees in an independent Namibia, Iyambo said Government has already put into place programmes and projects to address the critical shortages of classrooms.
He said different initiatives by the ministry to ensure that all children of school-going age are in schools have received an overwhelming response.
Singling out the ‘back to school’ campaign which was launched by the ministry to ensure that children who have dropped out of school and those of school-going age who are not in schools, are enrolled, Iyambo said there has been more response than what the ministry can offer.
The campaign, which was launched last year, resulted in more than 3 000 new learners needing space at schools – something which the ministry was not materially prepared for.
Iyambo called on learners and students in the Omaheke Region to make good use of the envisaged regional study and resource centre, to avoid it turning into a white elephant.
“The Millennium Challenge Account has responded to the need of the Omaheke community for such a centre. As such, we should make use of it for our various communications need to avoid it turning into a white elephant. As we are all aware, the Omaheke Region lacks similar centres at present,” he said.
The centre, to be constructed at an estimated N.dollars 47 million, will be completed by June 2013.