Kavango learner struck with iron rod by teacher

18 Jul 2013 07:30
NANKUDU, 18 JUL (NAMPA) - A Grade 12 learner from the Kandjimi Murange Secondary School situated some 100km west of Rundu, sustained injuries to his face when he was allegedly struck by an iron rod thrown at him by a teacher on Tuesday.
This is despite the fact that corporal punishment is outlawed in the Namibian education system.
The victim, Edmund Kasoma, 18, was allegedly thrown with the piece of iron by his Physical Science teacher Thomas Lukas, after he apparently failed to do a class assignment.
The learner had to be rushed to the Nankudu District Hospital for treatment, and has been booked off school for four days in order to recover at home.
The incident drew widespread condemnation from parents surrounding the school, who called for disciplinary measures to be taken against the teacher in order to deter other teachers from physically assaulting learners.
The learner opened a case of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm against the teacher at the Rundu Police Station on Wednesday. The police case number is 76/2013.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Crime Investigations? Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Willie Bampton confirmed the incident.
Kasoma told this reporter from his bed at home on Thursday that the teacher told those who were not doing the assignment to go outside the class.
?I remained in class to do the assignment and was just looking for my book to do it in, but the teacher thought I was playing delaying tactics and not willing to do the work, and got angry,? he said.
The teacher then took out an iron, threw it at him and it subsequently hit his right cheek and lower part of his left eye.
Kandjimi Murange School Principal Albert Mutesi also confirmed the incident, saying the victim?s injuries are serious.
?The teacher is well aware that corporal punishment is outlawed but he deliberately went ahead and physically assaulted the learner,? said the principal, adding that he will forward a report to the regional education office for possible action to be taken against the teacher.
Mutesi said this is the first time a teacher is implicated in corporal punishment at his school this year.
Meanwhile, the Kandjmi Murange Circuit Inspector Kosmas Katura told this agency on Thursday that depending on the report from the principal, a disciplinary hearing will be conducted against the teacher, and if found guilty, he can be dismissed from work.
The Kandjimi Murangi inspector then called on parents and learners to report any incident of corporal punishment to his office, as the practice is outlawed in the education system.