By Confidente Reporter
A number of schools in Kunene region especially those in the remote areas are faced with critical water shortages while at some schools there is no clean drinking water which poses a health risk to the pupils.
The unreliable water supply at many schools is said to be disturbing the school programmes and compromising the health of the pupils.
These shocking revelations were tabled in the National Assembly after being discovered by the standing committee on human resources and community development during its familiarisation visit to capital projects in Opuwo, Kunene region in June.
Schools such as Putuavanga Secondary School, Opuwo Primary School; Okanguati Combined School; Okahozu unit; Omuhonga Primary School; KM Maundu Primary School and Alpha Combined School are some of the schools that are in dire need of water supply in the region. According to the report there are 37 mobile units at Opuwo, however the delegation managed to visit only eight mobile units and five schools in the area.
The report stated that most of the teachers who are employed at the mobile units do not have formal educational qualifications and most of the mobile units do not have institutional workers; as a result pupils are forced to cook and clean for themselves.
“At some mobile units visited, the delegation discouraged teachers to use pupils for cooking, as some of them are too young. Most of the learners rely solely on the maize blend which is a Namibia government feeding programme offered to schools in the country. During the committee’s visit it was reported by all visited schools and units that there is always a delay in the delivery of the maize blend,” reads the report.
Despite, water challenges facing many of the schools, the region is also faced with various challenges such as a lack of suitably qualified teachers in the district of Opuwo where the units are based, as a result of a high turnover, lack of properly developed infrastructure due to small development budget allocations; a lack of no conventional structures for the Ondao mobile primary school and a lack of road network is also a challenge which compromises quality education. However, the regional educational officials informed the parliamentary delegation about the proposed structure which suggests that the mobile units close to each other, be combined and a central unit be identified for the building of a conventional school for better management and improved quality education.
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