Rains Close 10 Schools in Omusati

THE Directorate of Education in Omusati revealed that 10 schools in the region had to be temporarily closed because of heavy downpours and flooded oshanas.

The Acting Director of Education in Omusati Region, Evaristus Modestus, said on Wednesday that they were forced to close Ouvale Primary School, Ondobeyohumba Primary School, Paulina Primary School, Onembaba Primary School, Epoko Combined School, John Shekudja Combined School, Uushwa Combined School, Ekundu Combined School, Oneheke Combined School and Ekundu Combined School, Oneheke Combined School as well as Okapopo Combined School because of the recent heavy rainfalls.

According to Modestus, Ouvale PS, Ondobeyohumba PS, Paulina PS and Onembaba PS (all in Okalongo circuit), as well as Okapopo Combined School (Outapi circuit), have closed, while Epoko Combined School, John Shekudja Combined School, Uushwa Combined School, Ekundu Combined School, all in Okalongo Circuit, as well as Oneheke Combined School in the Etayi circuit have partly closed.

That means only lower grades have been suspended, and pupils in higher grades are still attending school.

“Many of these schoosl closed early this month and will only open once the water has subsided,” Modestus said, adding that they are expecting more rain, and more water to come, which means more schools might be forced to close.

Modestus also said the masses of water were not really from the rain in Namibia, but flood from southern Angola, because of heavy rains in that part of Angola recently.

One of the parents in Onembaba village, Hileni Mwahangange, told The Namibian that the water, which is flowing from Angola into Namibia is apparently full of snakes and it is dangerous for the children who are crossing the oshanas filled with water on their way to school. She said many of the kindergartens in the area are also closed for now.

Source : The Namibian