Directorate of Education finding place for grade 1 and 8

As from Thursday, 15 January to 22 January the Directorate of Education will conduct a head count at various schools in order to verify the available places, if any, for grade 1 and 8.

The Directorate of Education is currently faced with quite a number of student who have not been placed in schools for the year. Although, the directorate has been constructing classrooms in order to accommodate all children, there are still some who find themselves without admission.

It was discovered that there are 1187 learners for grade 8 and 652 for grade 1 that are not yet admitted to schools, on the 14th January when parents rushed to the ministry to register their children that had not yet secured admission at different schools in the region. Over the past 3 years the increase of learners in the regions has steadily gone up from 70416 in 2012 to 77024 in 2014.

The directorate is devoted to certify that each Namibian child is in school and provided with the necessary learning materials needed. According to the directorate various reasons contribute to this situation, mainly the influx is caused by parents work transfer and job seekers who come with children. The down-sizing and up-sizing of some classes has also contributed to the reduction of in-take at various schools, additionally the high number of grade 8 repeaters also creates a challenge as they take up more classrooms.

The directorate is currently helping un-admitted grade 8 students at the Immanuel Shifidi HS Hall. The process started on Wednesday, 14 January and will continue for as long as necessary. The grade 1 students are being assisted at the Soccer House in Katutura, Opposite St Barnabas Primary School, as from 16 January to 23 January. The education officials will be available to assist from 8:00 to 12:00 on weekdays.