RUNDU: Two teachers of the Ntara Combined School near Rundu were left homeless after a heavy rain and windstorm damaged their houses on Sunday.
The roof zincs of the two teachers’ mud houses, situated adjacent to the Ntara school some 60km west of Rundu in the Kavango Region, were blown away by the wind. The heavy rain also flooded their homes and destroyed their bedding, food and documents.
One of the teachers, who did not want to be identified, told Nampa on Thursday that they are now being accommodated with the Grade 10 learners, who are currently busy writing their examinations.
Ntara Combined School principal Florinus Mpareke could not be reached for comment, as he is currently in Windhoek for sports activities.
Meanwhile, the Ntara school has still been without water for close to three months now, following the damage to a water tank that supplies water to the school at the beginning of August this year.
Although a new water tank was dispatched to the school, this reporter has reliably learned that it has not yet been erected. Teachers and learners thus still have to walk long distances to the Kavango River to fetch water for household chores and other activities.
Meanwhile, teachers and learners late last month threatened to boycott lessons to express their dissatisfaction over water shortages at their school, but the planned boycott was cancelled after the regional education office availed a new water tank.
Apart from the shortages of water, the school is also faced with a lack of toilet facilities, resulting in learners and teachers having to relieve themselves in nearby bushes when nature calls.
A pit latrine toilet was built in 2000, and is now full to capacity.
The teachers earlier stated that numerous letters were written to Kavango Regional Education Director Alfons Dikuua between 2009 and 2010, requesting him to do something to eliminate termites destroying the school buildings, but it was apparently never seen as a crucial issue.
The Ntara Combined School offers Grades One to 10, and has a total of 459 learners and 17 teachers.