More than 100 learners at Mururani Combined School have been sharing a classroom since the beginning of the year because of teacher shortages.
Mururani Combined School is at the border of Okavango and the Otjonzojupa Region.
It offers primary and secondary education with grades up to Grade 10.
The school was ranked 14 out of 20 schools for last year’s Grade 10 results.
“Our Grade 2 class currently has over 100 learners due to lack of teachers. We had taken the matter to the Okavango Regional Education Office but we have not received any reply to our application,” said Matthias Ndumba, Head of Department (HoD) at Mururani.
He added that they even followed up last week with the Okavango Regional Office but to no avail.
“Our school is in the middle of many farms such as Mangetti Farm hence children from all neighbouring farms school here since other schools are very far,” Ndumba pointed out.
Mr Wentislaus Ndumba, Human Resource (HR) Manager at the Okavango Regional Education Office said he is not aware of any application for additional teaching staff at the school.
“However, I am going to look into the matter and see who has received the application and follow it up,” said Ndumba adding that in Okavango Region there is often a shortage of qualified teachers for the primary schools.
“There is always a problem of teachers in the region especially in the lower primary resulting in us some times appointing unqualified teachers. It is more difficult in the primary grades as we can only appoint local teachers,” he explained.
This is the first time that Mururani Combined School is facing such a dilemma. The reason the current Grade 2 class has such a big number of students is the fact that during last year’s academic period, the school had three streams for Grade 1.
However, this year, the school could not establish more Grade 2 classes because of teacher shortages.
Matthias Ndumba said the situation is not easy to handle and it disadvantages the learners.
He also said it is not easy for one teacher to handle a whole class of 100 children.