PK de Villiers' students allegedly set expensive computer lab on

13 Aug 2013 05:30
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – The police at Keetmanshoop are investigating a possible case of arson after learners from the PK de Villiers Secondary School are suspected of having set a computer laboratory at the school on fire.
“I think I am going to put this case under serious crimes, because it is serious. I understand a can of petrol was found at the scene, so we suspect it is intentional,” the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s !Karas Regional Commander, Commissioner Armas Shivute told Nampa on Tuesday.
The computer laboratory with 35 laptops, one bay chart, a smart board, printer and air-conditioning was sponsored by the Bank of Namibia (BoN) to the value of N.dollars 500 000, and opened in April 2011.
A learner from the school, who asked not to be named, informed this news agency that a gang of learners from the school who are said to be in conflict with a teacher assigned to the computer laboratory, allegedly intentionally set the facility on fire last Friday.
“The lab was apparently burned by a gang. Some examination question papers and a teacher’s laptop were also burned. I understand they burned it because they do not like Mr Imms Herero. He was also attacked and injured by an unknown person earlier this year,” the learner stated.
The desk of a Biology teacher was allegedly also set on fire at the same school. It is, however, not clear whether the desk belongs to the same teacher Herero who supervises the lab, or a different teacher.
Approached for comment on the matter, !Karas Education Director /Awebahe //Hoeseb confirmed the incident, but declined to comment further as the matter is under police investigation.
“The matter is in the hands of the police. They locked the lab, so we still do not know how much damage the fire caused,” //Hoeseb said.
On his part, NamPol’s Crime Investigations' Coordinator in the !Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak said the police are still investigating the incident, hence he could provide any details about the matter.
“The investigations are at a very sensitive stage now, but we have requested forensic examinations. We will only be able to provide details after the investigations,” Isaak noted.
Meanwhile, in June this year, a Grade 10 learner was suspected to have set a Science class on fire at the Suiderlig Secondary School, also in Keetmanshoop.
This suspect is still unknown, and was therefore never arrested or charged.
Regarding that matter, Isaak said although the Directorate of Education here promised to inform him and investigate the incident, no information has been provided to his office thus far.
Isaak promised to now follow up on the matter.