Ombudsman labels school reports 'miscommunication'

12 Dec 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 12 DEC (NAMPA) – The office of the Ombudsman has looked into the issue of schools withholding learners’ report cards due to unpaid contributions towards school development funds, and labelled the matter as “miscommunication”.
The probe followed complaints laid with the office of the Ombudsman by parents of students from Jan Mohr Secondary School and the Technical High School (HTS) in Windhoek.
Aurelia David, public relations officer in the Office of the Ombudsman, said in a statement issued Tuesday the office found that the two schools are struggling to recover pledges for voluntary school fund contributions, outstanding raffles and lost textbooks from some learners.
“Their intention was not to keep back report cards but to have discussions with parents of involved learners on these issues,” David maintained.
David added that these intentions were not properly communicated, which resulted in parents thinking that report cards were being withheld due to unpaid school fees.
She further stated that the office of the Ombudsman had arranged with the headmasters of the two schools, so that the report cards can be still be collected on Wednesday and Thursday at the respective schools.