Japanese government constructs classrooms at Groot Aub

 

The Japanese government has donated a block of classrooms valued at N$756 092 to Groot Aub Primary School at the settlement.

 

The embassy has constructed a new block consisting of four permanent classrooms and one storeroom to phase out the double session system called the platoon system, ambassador Hideaki Harada said at the official handing over ceremony last week.

 

“I am very happy to witness this joyful occasion. As of today with the occupation of 128 learners in Grade 3 studying in the afternoon and 45 learners newly enrolled in Grade 1, all the learners in Groot Aub School can learn in the morning in a more conducive learning environment,” he said.

 

He added that for education in Namibia, accommodating a growing number of learners is a serious challenge, especially within the current budgetary constraints.

 

Speaking at the occasion, education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said the construction marked a milestone for the community of Groot Aub.

 

“We today bear witness as Groot Aub Primary School bids farewell to the platoon system. There are no shortcuts to a greater future but a major concern is the type and quality of education that is available which requires a conducive environment for teaching and learning to take place.”

 

 “The need for classrooms has been a great concern in the Khomas Region because of the population that is fast growing. This has brought us to a historical watershed of either opting for the platoon system or erecting tents which are not conducive for teaching and learning, considering our harsh climatic conditions such as excessive heat, wind, and rain. Consequently, this had a negative impact on our regional academic performances over the past few years,” she said.