Okakondo PS resumes classes

06 Mar 2014 14:00pm
OSHIYASHEMANYA, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – Pupils at the Okakondo Primary School (PS) of the Oshikoto Education Directorate resumed classes on Tuesday after the directorate’s leadership temporarily removed the school’s principal Johnny Namupala on Monday.
Parents on 25 February staged a peaceful protested and instructed their children not to go school before he is removed from his position.
The parents, including members of the school board, accused Namupala of mismanaging the school and sexually harassing young female teachers.
On his part, Namupala rubbished the accusations when approached for comment earlier, saying the parents are falsely accusing him for reasons only known to them.
One of the parents, Sacky Shigwedha, told Nampa on Wednesday a team of senior education officials in the region led by director of education in the Oshikoto Region, Lamek Kafidi visited the school on Monday and held a meeting there to listen to the parents’ complaints.
“It was agreed at the end of the meeting that the principal should be temporarily removed and replaced by a caretaker principal while the regional office is conducting an investigation into the allegations levelled against him,” Shigwedha stated.
Kafidi confirmed his visit to the school and the removal of Namupala when approached for comment.
He said Namupala has been redeployed to the office of local school inspector Abraham Nafine of the Onyuulaye Circuit, while the regional office conducts thorough investigations into the parents’ claims.
Okakondo is a rural school established in 1992. It has about 300 learners in Grades 1 to 7, and about 10 teachers.