No evidence of schoolgirl 'abortion attempt'

30 October 2019 | Education

The Oshana police say a doctor who did a medical check-up on an Iipumbu Senior Secondary School learner could find no evidence that she and a school teacher, with whom she is allegedly involved in a sexual relationship, had tried to perform an abortion.

“No police case has been opened against an Iipumbu Senior Secondary School teacher that is accused of impregnating a learner and assisting her to abort the pregnancy.





“The learner was taken for a medical examination, but the doctor could not establish any proof that the learner had an abortion,” Oshana police spokesperson Inspector Tomas Aiyambo told Namibian Sun.

“Therefore, no case was opened and no one was arrested.” Oshana education director Hileni Amukana told Namibian Sun earlier this week that she was waiting for a detailed report from school principal Hendrina Armas before reporting the matter to education ministry executive director Sanet Steenkamp.

The teacher and schoolgirl are allegedly involved in a long-term sexual relationship.

It was reported that after the teacher found out the learner was pregnant, he urged her to abort the baby and told her he would assist her.

“This was then done on the school premises during the weekend of 19 and 20 October. The attempt went wrong and the learner ended up in hospital,” a source said.

When contacted for comment, Armas confirmed the incident.

“Please consult with the office of the deputy director for education. As we are speaking the issue have been reported to the police for investigation,” Armas said.

Amukana said teacher-learner sexual relationships are not allowed at schools and they have to wait for the police to conclude their investigations first.

“The case has been reported to me, but it is also being dealt with by the police, so I cannot delve much into it now, because we are waiting for concrete information. It was only verbally reported to me, so I am still waiting for official communication before we process the report to the executive director, who will pronounce herself on the matter,” Amukana said.

“Only after we obtain all the statements, will we be able to say much. Once the police are done with their investigations, then we will do our part. The most critical part is that teachers are not allowed to have affairs with learners.”

ILENI NANDJATO

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