Teacher fathers child with grade 6 learner

09 August 2017 | Education

A 35-year-old English teacher at Mbapuka Primary School in the Kavango East Region allegedly fathered a child with one of his pupils, who dropped out of school this year.

According to a source, who preferred to remain anonymous, she complained about what had happened but the matter is not getting the attention it should since the learner dropped out.

“Why is the teacher that impregnated a learner still at the school? Something must be done because we send our children to school to be taught and educated, not to come back home with pregnancies and be forced to drop out of school,” the source said.

Namibian Sun has been reliably informed that the learner gave birth to a healthy baby girl a few months ago.

When contacted for comment, school principal Ludwig Maghundu confirmed that such an incident had happened at the school.

Maghundu said when the discovery was made the issue was reported to the Kambimba circuit inspector, Reinhilde Ndumba.

He further said attempts to motivate the learner to return to school proved futile, as she was afraid fellow pupils would laugh at her.

Ndumba confirmed that the matter had been reported to her office and said she relayed it to the human resources department at the regional education directorate.

Ndumba said they were now waiting for a charge sheet to be drawn up.

“Our office was informed about the case and that was in February. Normally at a circuit level we draw up a letter and a statement on the occurrence and send it to the human resources department at the regional office.

“I made some enquiries and I was informed that they are busy creating a charge sheet for the teacher,” Ndumba said.

Kavango East Region education director Fanuel Kapapero confirmed that the matter was being dealt with by the directorate.

According to education ministry spokesperson Johanna Absalom, the ministry strongly discourages teacher-learner relationships.









KENYA KAMBOWE

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