Teachers locked out of school for coming late

29 July 2019 | Education

Mulisa Simiyasa

Community members at Otjiwarongo ganged up against teachers at Karundu Primary School this past Friday, who are accused of being habitual latecomers.

This followed 11 teachers being locked out of the school after being late for assembly.

After the session had dispersed, those residing adjacent to the schoolyard accused the teachers of being habitual latecomers.

Teachers and learners at Karundu gather for their assembly sessions on Monday and Friday mornings at 07:30.

School principal Julia Chaka said the school management decided the gates should be locked for assembly.

“It was during this lockout time that some of the teachers who came late were also seen by community members standing outside,” Chaka said.

She said 11 teachers, a secretary and two cleaners were amongst those who were late.

“Yes, we have a problem of coming late and this is not the first time. But I can also say that we are busy addressing the situation,” Chaka said.

Acting Otjozondjupa education director Nickey Eiman condemned the behaviour of the teachers at Karundu and other schools in the region, who are habitually late.

Eiman and Otjiwarongo circuit inspector Cornelia Araes-Shikulo later said they visited Karundu on Friday and talked to the teachers.

Eiman also asked Nampa to drop the story, as it might tarnish the school’s reputation, but community members insisted that the story should be written, as they were “sick and tired of Karundu teachers always arriving late for school”.

Kennedy Kazonganga said it annoys him to see teachers “strolling into the schoolyard late”, adding this is ironic because these same teachers punish learners who come late.

Another resident, Selma Magano Tomas, said teachers must set an example for the learners.

“Coming early and leaving the schoolyard late should be the culture of every teacher at each school in the country,” she said.

Karundu has 1 387 learners and offers pre-primary to grade 7 classes.

It has a staff complement of 43, including institutional workers. -NAMPA

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