New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Heavy Downpours Destroy Community School

Mile 30 — Strong winds have ripped off the roof of a community school in the Kavango Region, weeks before schools reopen.

The strong winds that accompanied the heavy downpours on Saturday evening blew off the roofing sheets of a Grade 7 classroom at Mile 30 village, situated 40 kilometres from Rundu.

The management of the Ncamagoro Combined School will have to act swiftly to ensure that the classroom is repaired and ready when the school reopens in a few days time.

The strong winds and uncharacteristically heavy downpours started around 18h00 on Saturday.

The community built the classroom in 1997 to alleviate the shortage of classroom space at the village school. One of the teachers at the school, Paulinus Muhoka, told New Era that it will be a serious challenge to accommodate the promoted Grade 6 learners due to limited space availability at the school.

"The block that was damaged was constructed in 1997, ever since then there was no maintenance carried out on it," said Muhoka. Even though the school is situated in a rural area, Muhoka is satisfied with parent and community involvement in the school's activities.

Last year the school had about 740 learners, a number which is expected to increase following the Ministry of Education's much-awaited decision to provide free primary education at all public schools.

Meanwhile, the region's deputy education director, Fanuel Kapapero was unaware of the incident when approached for comment.

"I am not aware of the situation, but as per standard procedure we will delegate officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport to visit the affected site and do assessments to determine the extent of the damage," said Kapapero.

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