OMUTHIYA: The Oshikoto Education Directorate which has a total of 200 schools still has a number of learners who are being taught in prefabricated classrooms and sheds.
Director of Education in the Oshikoto Region, Lamek Kafidi revealed that there are still 90 prefabricated classrooms and 336 shed classrooms in use in the region while speaking during the Omuthiya Circuit’s one-day annual teachers’ conference which was held at Ekulo Senior Secondary School (SSS) near Omuthiya yesterday.
Kafidi also pointed out that the region has 60 609 learners, 1 717 permanent classrooms and 2 311 teachers.
‘Out of the 200 schools, 164 have water, 103 have electricity , 100 have telephone lines, 149 have toilets, and there are 98 teachers’ houses at 37 schools,’ he noted, adding that these schools are organised in six circuits which will soon grow to eight with the re-activation of the Onyaanya Circuit and the creation of the Onkumbula Circuit.
The circuits report to one regional education office which is situated in the town of Ondangwa in the Oshana Region.
Kafidi told his audience that research findings have however shown that learning outcomes are not a direct result of the expenditure on education or the qualifications of the teachers, and it does not mean that putting more money, building classrooms, or employing highly qualified teachers will cause learning outcomes to improve.