55 Oshikoto schools without power

29 July 2020 | Local News

Oshikoto regional governor Penda Ya Ndakolo has revealed that of the 221 schools in the region, 55 are without electricity.

Ya Ndakolo also said 52 schools in the region do not have ablution facilities, while 22 do not have access to potable water.

He made the revelations this month during his State of the Region Address (Sora), in which he outlined the challenges within the education sector in Oshikoto. Ya Ndakolo's announcement is not new, however, as for years it has been reported how schools, especially those inland, are forced to go without access to basic services.

On how the coronavirus has affected the sector, Ya Ndakolo said “all educational activities have been severely affected, both formal and adult learning”.

Silver lining

However, despite these challenges, Ya Ndakolo revealed that a number of positive strides have also been made during the year under review.

The governor said during the 2019/2020 financial year, three schools - Ekonghola Combined School, Kandjeke Primary School and Omutwewomhendi Combined School - were to be electrified. The process is still ongoing.

He added that a number of schools will be electrified during the 2020/2021 financial year, and said the electrification of schools depends on the availability of resources and assessments.

“Schools are prioritised depending on the availability of funds and assessments conducted beforehand for cost analysis purposes,” Ya Ndakolo added.

Other schools to benefit

“Shuumbwa Combined School, Elongo Primary School, Ohaimbada Combined School, Uupindi Primary School and Elago Primary School are planned to be electrified during the current financial year, bringing the total number of schools without electricity to only 42.”

Ya Ndakolo further said the ministry of mines and energy and Nampower, responsible of electrifying government offices including schools in the whole country, have made a positive impact in Oshikoto.

“The two entities have done a tremendous job in ensuring that schools in rural areas are electrified to ease the lives of learners, teachers and the entire community members,” he said.