Vaalgras learners still without proper classrooms

Learners of the Vaalgras Primary School will continue to be accommodated at different places around the village this year, after strong winds and rain destroyed their school building early November 2014.

The approximately 130 learners were housed in church buildings and traditional authority offices for the remainder of the 2014 school year.

Chief regional officer of the Karas Regional Council, Saul Kahuika told Nampa upon enquiry on Wednesday that a new school will be built this year to replace the existing buildings.

He said that at present, a consultant was appointed to assess the situation and that normal procedures for construction would follow.

Kahuika admitted that the dispersed arrangement of learners and teachers were disruptive and frustrating for all, but that all stakeholders were dealing with the situation as best as possible.

Asked about the effects on the academic outcomes of the learners, Karas Regional Director of Education, Awebahe Hoeseb, told this reporter that the impact so far has been minimal as the syllabi had already been completed at the time the storm hit the village.

Vaalgras is located about 60 kilometres northeast of Keetmanshoop.