Limited space for grade 1 learners

An estimated 600 to 700 1st graders might not be placed next year, and 435 8th graders might not be accommodated due to space constraints.

27 May 2019 | Education

Walvis Bay - Leandrea Louw

The education inspector of the Walvis Bay circuit, Monica Gawises, told a general parent meeting held in Walvis Bay on Tuesday night that no late grade 1 enrollments will be accommodated for 2020.

“There are only 1 510 grade 1 spaces available for next year and this includes the learners currently in preprimary. It is likely that about 600 - 700 1st graders won’t be placed next year, considering the growing number of learners each year. Schools will only take in learners until they have reached the maximum number of learners per class. We’re aiming to have at least 39 learners in a classroom. If schools have taken in their quota, a record keeping list will be drawn up and forwarded to the respective circuit offices.”

In addition, there is a possibility that about 435 grade 8's will not be placed due to space constraints next year.

The enrollment process will start on 4 June for grade 1, on 5 June for grade 8 and on 6 June for preprimary.

There were 1 830 grade 1 learners enrolled in both private and government schools in Walvis Bay in 2018, with 1 908 currently enrolled.

There are 392 spaces available for preprimary learners at schools such as !Nara Primary School, Duneside Private High School, Flamingo Primary School, Immanuel Ruiters Primary School, Kuisebmond Primary School, Narraville Primary School and Walvis Bay Primary School.

There are 506 spaces available for grade one learners and 477 for preprimary learners in Swakopmund for 2020.

In 2018 Sea Side Primary School accommodated the majority of the learners (727 1st graders) and this year the newly built Namport Primary School accommodated 480.

Next year Namport Primary School’s grade 2 learners will be subjected to the platoon system, with which learners will have to attend school in the afternoons.

Gawises called on the business fraternity to assist the government in building classes and schools.

“Aside from the available spaces, we also need to take into the account the grade 1 failures. Despite engaging parents each year, we always face numerous challenges. This year we will be taking stricter measures by not allowing relatives to enroll learners. The biological parents or rightful guardians should enroll their child. Parents should bring along their transfer letter or papers if they were transferred from another region to Walvis Bay.”

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