15-Day Wait for Windhoek School Placements

PARENTS who rushed to secure places for their children yesterday at schools in Windhoek have 15 days to find out whether their children are placed.

Some parents who spoke to The Namibian said they hoped to secure places for Grade one and Grade 11 pupils.

“I tried my luck at several schools, including Moses Garoeb Primary School and Tobias Hainyeko Primary School, but was told that there were no more places,” said mother of one Hileni Henok.

She was also one of the parents who were turned away at the Katutura Teachers’ Resource Centre after staff there informed her that registration for Grade one enrollments were already concluded last week.

Henok said she was informed that they had to wait for at least 15 days before being informed of the outcome.

Selma Sakaria, a caregiver, said she was also struggling to find placement for her niece at one of the primary schools.

“Hopefully we will know for sure after 15 days,” she said. In the meantime, her niece will have to miss nearly two weeks of school while awaiting a response from the ministry. Khomas region education director, Jerard Vries, could not be reached for comment yesterday. Vries last week said that places for Grade one are all occupied, adding that there were about 476 learners who still need to be placed, but that the figure could change.

Namcol learners who successfully improved their marks for Grade 10 last year and hoping to enroll for Grade 11 also flocked to the Teachers’ Resource Centre yesterday, hoping to secure a place at one of the secondary schools. Learners said they had waited in long queques as early as 6h00 yesterday morning.

“We were given an option of choosing between any three different schools and the centre is responsible for finding us a place at one of those schools,” said one of the learners who declined to provide her name. Others like Albertina Nambandja said they were hoping to get a place at a school of their choice. Enrollments were still ongoing by yesterday.

While only a handful of schools still had places available yesterday, others like the People’s Primary School in Katutura were already full. “We are full to capacity. Our school has three Grade zero classes that automatically feed our Grade one so we do not have any more places for newcomers,” said the school’s principal Patrick Xoagub.

Xoagub noted that most parents who were struggling to find places for their children were those who had job transfers from other regions to Khomas.

Theo Katjimune Primary School said it would only be able to establish for sure if it had any more places next week Monday. “We have told parents to return next Monday when we might still have places available,” said a teacher at the school Lesley Nganjone. Schools will officially open tomorrow.

Source : The Namibian