PS to study report on San discrimination allegations in Drimiopsis

06 Mar 2018 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – The Omaheke Region’s education directorate is awaiting a response from the education ministry on a petition by the community that alleged that San learners at Drimiopsis Primary School are being discriminated against.
Omaheke Education Director, Pecka Semba told Nampa on Tuesday investigations were completed and a report forwarded to the office of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp.
“We are waiting for the permanent secretary to respond,” he said.
The San community of Drimiopsis last month held a demonstration against alleged discriminatory practices experienced by San parents and learners at the school.
They handed over a petition to the education directorate that called on the school to stop corporal punishment, abusive and degrading treatment of San learners and their parents, and to create a respectful and culturally inclusive learning environment for all children at the school.
They also demanded the removal of the school’s principal, Jogbeth Katjirua.
Meanwhile, a statement availed to Nampa on Monday by Katjirua and some members of the community, including the local San community chief Ida Kambases, described the demonstration as tribally motivated.
Kambases said the demonstration was not arranged procedurally through the relevant people, including the chief.
She also described Katjirua as a polite, friendly and highly professional person who has the interests of the learners and the school at heart.
“Those who are calling for her removal are motivated by their personal ambitions to divide the community along tribal orientations and to disturb the peace and harmony that exist in the Omaheke Region,” said Kambases.
Kahori Katjivirue, a teacher at the school, also rubbished the allegations of corporal punishment, saying it is not practised at the school.
Drimiopsis is situated about 50 kilometres north of Gobabis.