WORRIED: Bagalatia Arone
WORRIED: Bagalatia Arone

About 256 learners are said to have deserted school in 2017 in the Ghanzi North constituency.
Answering a question from Ghanzi North Member of Parliament (MP) Noah Salakae, Minister of Basic Education, Bagalatia Arone said of this number, 174 were from the seven primary schools in the area whereas 72 learners dropped from secondary schools.

Of the total number of dropouts, 137 were males while the remaining 109 were females.
However, he said majority have since returned to school following efforts between schools and the Parent Teacher Association.

Most of these dropouts have been categorized as abandonment. With the area surrounded by farms, the minister told parliament that the ministry is working with Local Government to conduct farm visits and address farmers and farm workers on the importance of allowing children to attend school properly.

“In addition, we work with Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as Window of Hope in Ghanzi Township, to address the issue of drop out,” he said.

The minister said it has become clear from the available data that there is need to improve hostel for the young learners and to also look into alternative ways of providing education to small remote communities to ensure the proper implementation of the Inclusive Education Policy.