Mariental rejects ‘struggle kid’

Mariental has joined Tses and Omitara in protesting against the appointment of a struggle kid as school cleaner.

06 November 2018 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES



Mariental residents on Monday protested at the Mariental Primary School, where a so-called struggle kid was apparently appointed as a cleaner while many local young people are unemployed.

Hardap police commander John Lifasi told Namibian Sun yesterday that the police were at the scene to maintain law and order and to investigate the incident.

This comes four days after the Tses community shut down their village school following the appointment of a struggle kid as a cleaner at the school.

Daniel Gariseb, a Mariental community activist, said the community felt betrayed by political leaders.

“We have decided as a community that we want the youth of the town to be employed. There are casual workers at that school, why can they not be employed? Why must a struggle kid be put in that job while there are people doing the job already? We will create chaos if we see that person in the schoolyard,” he said.

In May this year the cabinet directed the permanent secretary of the ministry of education, arts and culture, Sanet Steenkamp, to fill vacancies with the so-called children of the liberation struggle, who were born in exile.

A list of 61 names of struggle kids who had graduated from the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) was attached to the letter from cabinet secretary George Simataa.

Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa yesterday said unemployment is a national challenge and not only affects certain people.

According to her the government must have a national approach in solving challenges such as youth unemployment, adding that all Namibians deserve to be employed wherever there are jobs available.

“What is important is the due processes that are prescribed through the existing legislative framework, for example the Public Service Act must apply for everybody to be employed [in the civil service]. So, if there are interviews all of the people must be employed and be subjected to the due process, because all of us are Namibians,” she said.

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