OUTJO: Teachers and learners of the Dawid and Khamuxab Primary School in the Kunene Region have turned classrooms and tents into their means of accommodation.
The Dawid and Khamuxab Primary School is situated in the Outjo Constituency of the Kunene Region, some 95 kilometres north of Outjo at the Seringkop government resettlement farm.
The school was officially opened in 2010 by then Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Libertina Amadhila, and built for the Hai and Om San community’s learners residing at Seringkop farm, as well as San learners from the surrounding six other resettlement farms.
The school board’s chairman, Dawid Junior and Khamuxab on Thursday told Nampa that there are many challenges facing the five teachers and over 140 San learners of this school.
He said the acting school principal, Magdalena and Khaises has been sleeping in a school classroom for the past three years before the Hai and Om San’s Traditional Authority Chief, after whom the school is named, Chief Dawid and Khamuxab, could accommodate her in one of his palace’s rooms earlier this year.
“There are still two more female teachers sleeping in a classroom, while one female teacher is accommodated in a storeroom and another male teacher in a classroom. A female school matron and two cooks sleep in their self-made tents erected within the school yard,” said the worried school board chairman.
Meanwhile, and Khamuxab also complained of having no electricity at the school, besides being promised by Constituency Councillor Abraham Job some two years ago that electricity would come soon at the Dawid and Khamuxab Primary School.
“There is no clinic where our learners can be treated if they fall ill, there is poor network coverage, no radio or television reception and all roads are impassible during rainy seasons,” said Dawid Junior and Khamuxab, a son of the Hai and Om San community chief, Chief and Khamuxab.
Speaking at an occasion that marked the official handing-over of 103 livestock to the Hai and Om San community on Thursday at the Seringkop government resettlement farm, the Namibia-German Special Initiative Programme Manager Lakka Goagoseb promised that his office will build a hostel and teachers’ houses at this school next year.
He said there was still some money available, which he would channel into supporting that school and its community projects.
However, in a telephonic interview with Nampa on Thursday afternoon, Kunene Regional Education Director Simon Tsuseb denied knowledge of any poor accommodation at the Dawid and Khamuxab Primary School.
“I know that school, but I am not aware of any lack of accommodation for teachers and learners there.
The report I got after I joined this region in May this year comes from some schools situated north of Opuwo, not from the Dawid and Khamuxab Primary School,” he said.
A team of school education inspectors was busy compiling a profile of all schools in the Kunene Region so that his office could know the problems they are faced with, Tsuseb added.