Expansion for some Karas schools

Plans are underway to expand existing schools to cater for higher grades at various places in the Karas Region.

Karas regional director of education Awebahe Hoeseb proudly told Nampa recently that the education directorate was building secondary schools at Aussenkehr and Rosh Pinah “with own funds” generated from the directorate’s bank account.

He said the construction of the schools was very important as it would alleviate social problems that emerge when children finish primary schools at these two towns and relocate to attend high school at Karasburg, Noordoewer or elsewhere.

“When the children leave their homes, the change with its related issues and culture shocks create such an effect that they quit school and return home,” Hoeseb related.

He further revealed that the village of Tses is about to take in its first Grade 11 to 12 group this year. This is as a result of the extension of the Catholic Church school, St. Therese.

The church provides the structural space for the new grades while Government is responsible for the provision of teachers and education materials. Hoeseb lauded the public-private initiative to expand the school for the benefit of its residents.

“Now the children of Tses and surrounding villages and farms do not have to relocate all the way to Keetmanshoop to complete their education,” he said.

The directorate will this year also construct a building for the Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School at Oranjemund. The public school is currently accommodated in a building owned by the NamDeb diamond mine.

Hoeseb also announced that the Kutenhaos Primary School near Berseba was restored after the former structure burned down a year ago.

He concluded that the Vaalgras Primary School will be rebuilt this year after the building was damaged by a storm in November last year.

The Karas Region currently has 44 schools – 30 primary, five combined and nine secondary schools.