RUNDU: More primary schools in the Kavango Region are set to close due to small learner numbers and in an effort to preserve State funds.
The first school closed early this year was the Cacuma Primary School, situated in a remote area of the Shinyungwe Circuit east of Rundu, following a Kavango Regional Education office directive as the few learners there ‘resulted in the waste of State resources’.
Kavango Regional Education Deputy Director Fanuel Kapapero told Nampa on Tuesday that only six learners had enrolled at the Cacuma Primary School this year.
“I have ordered the closure of the school this year because of the few learners there,” remarked Kapapero, saying the Education Ministry’s norm is to have at least 35 learners per class.
He noted that some schools have as little as 20 learners and only two teachers.
Kapapero said the region has a lot of schools – 330, but most of these schools are not even of such a standard that they can be called schools.
The regional education deputy director indicated that some of the schools with small populations of learners include the Desi and Mangetti Primary Schools in the Nzinze Circuit with 22 learners each, while the Kayara Primary School has 16 learners.
In the Mukwe circuit, the Haro Primary School has 11 learners, while the Kagundja Primary School has 14 learners.
The regional deputy director said the regional office faces a lot of challenges with regards to the delivery of quality education in remote areas, as most qualified teachers are reluctant to go teach there.
He said the lack of skilled teachers results in the delivery of education in remote areas being compromised.