The slow transfer of funds from the Ministry of Finance to the Omusati education directorate has affected the provision of bread to schools here following the accumulation of over N$10 million in debt owed to the bread supplier, a source informed New Era this week.
Although, the situation at Uahekua Herunga Primary School is now said to have improved, it was reported that learners at the school went for almost two days without bread. The source, who asked not to be named, said more schools are expected to face similar challenges if the money is not channelled to the region on time.
Omusati regional education director Laban Shapange this week confirmed the short supply of bread to learners in recent days.
He said the problem at Uahekua Herunga Primary School has since been resolved and that regular bread supply had resumed by Tuesday.
“It is an unfortunate situation for us as a directorate, but our power is limited to address a problem of this nature, as we rely on fund transfers from central government,” said Shapange.
One well-placed source said the current mode of transfer of N$20 million per month is not feasible, because the directorate has to wait at least two months for the requested money to be transferred “and this resulted in invoices piling up, bearing a total of more than what has been requested. Which always makes the directorate to move to the next month with pending invoices,” said the source.
Omusati Region had at one stage terminated its school feeding programme earlier this year.
Education director Shapange said the contract was terminated because the region has no supplier. The previous supplier’s contract was terminated, because they did not have the capacity to supply the region.
At the time of going to print, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture had not responded to questions sent in this regard.