Epukiro Pos 3 Junior Secondary School has been operating without functional toilets for at least three years, pressuring both learners and teachers to relieve themselves in the nearby bush.
The school, situated in the Omauezonjanda area, Epukiro Constituency in Omaheke Region, has over 397 learners and 15 staff members.
Yesterday the school principal Mukoperua Kanguatjivi confirmed this to New Era, saying the situation has been ongoing “for at least more than three years”. “The Omaheke Directorate of Education is well aware of the problem, please ask them,” he said.
He said that on numerous occasions the school has written letters to the education directorate and directly to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to complain about their dire plight.
Kanguatjivi said the toilet facilities are irreparable since they are too old and there is no one with the expertise to repair the toilets that were designed in 1932 when the school was built.
When contacted for comment, the Director of Education in Omaheke Region Pecka Semba said he was aware the school’s toilets have not been functional and that learners and teachers use the bush.
“Let me tell you this, the people who are telling you these stories are well aware of what happened. I don’t know why they are not telling the whole story, right now I don’t even know where to start,” Semba said.
“This is simple, there is no money to renovate or fix the toilets,” Semba added.
New Era understands that Gooihoop Primary School at Okovimburu (Pos 10) has the same problem.
Yesterday the Epukiro Constituency Councillor Cornelius Kanguatjivi said he was aware of the toilet problem at the school.
“This issue came up prominently during the past weekend’s consultative meeting,” he said, adding that he met the relevant officials in Windhoek on Monday and they promised to address the issue soonest.
He said the other issue that came up at the same meeting concerned the old and dilapidated buildings, with broken windows, and many other matters.
“Right now I am busy addressing these problems with all relevant bodies,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, of the 73 learners who wrote the Grade 10 Junior Secondary Certificate exams at the school last year, 32 managed to pass but 40 failed.