Two new schools planned for Kuisebmond

WALVIS BAY

05 January 2018 | Education

Otis Finck

The directorate of education, arts and culture of the Erongo regional council submitted an application to the Walvis Bay town council to acquire institutional land for the purpose of constructing a school in Kuisebmond.

Council also noted that the office of the governor is currently in the process of securing sponsorship for the construction of another school in Kuisebmond and only needs confirmation for a suitable site for such a purpose.

The Erongo regional council requested a serviced erf (Block erf 5757 in the vicinity of Extension 7 near Tutaleni) of about 9 000 square metres free of charge for the purpose of constructing a school while the directorate wanted to reaffirm the allocation of erf 7695 Kuisebmond to the regional council as part of a land swap programme.

Council said that it had taken note of the erven included in Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the land swap between itself and the Namibian government during an ordinary council meeting on 28 April 2015.

Council pointed out that although Erf 5757 had already been earmarked for the construction of a school in terms of council’s future plans and per the Integrated Spatial Development Framework for Walvis Bay, the erf was not ready for immediate development.

Erf 7695 Kuisebmond which is 9 139 square meters in extent was however identified for government and included in Phases 3 and 4 of the land swap programme. This erf is already zoned for the purpose of a school and is also fully serviced which will allow the Erongo regional council to immediately commence with the development of a school.

The town council's management committee therefore recommended that council reaffirm its decision dated 28 April 2015 to allocate erf 7695 Kuisebmond to the ministry of education, arts and culture under the land swap programme.

The applicant must however at its own cost, provide all services and adhere to guidelines and standard requirement for water connection, sewerage, electricity and reticulation services.

Last year, the inspector of education for the Walvis Bay circuit, Monica Gawises, appealed to the municipality of Walvis Bay to avail land to the ministry of education free of charge for the construction of more schools.

Gawises pointed out that schools in the town are faced by a serious shortage of classroom space to accommodate Grade 1 learners in 2018. She also called on Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua to intervene and speed up the process and challenged the corporate world to assists in any way possible with the construction of new schools and class rooms.

“As things stand, we registered 1981 grade one learners for 2018 and 1200 learners may not get places due to limited space and classrooms available at schools in the town. The intake of Grade 1 learners increased sharply from 1661 in 2015 to 1904 learners in 2017.”

At that point in time !Nara Primary had 250 learners, Flamingo Primary 200, Immanuel Ruiters 30, Narraville Primary 109 and Tutaleni Primary school 370 grade 1 learners on their waiting lists for places.

One thousand and fifty three Grade 1 learners were enrolled for 2017 at the 10 primary schools in the town and about 1 031 learners were enrolled for 2018.

The sixteen schools in Walvis Bay accommodate 15 288 learners. !Narra Primary School has the most learners (1 694) followed by Narraville Primary School (1 624).

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