Oneeya parents withdraw children from school

13 Feb 2019 09:20am
ONGWEDIVA, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – Parents of Oneeya Combined School (CS) on Tuesday withdrew their children from classes until further notice, following the removal of Grade 10 from the school at the beginning of this academic year.
This means that all lessons have been suspended, with the parents promising to return the learners only once they have received a satisfactory answer to their concern.
Spokesperson of the parents’ committee, Joshua Nghishiikoh told Nampa on Tuesday that the parents withdrew their children from the school, because the regional education director is refusing to meet with them on the matter.
“The issue is that we want Grade 10 to remain at Oneeya, as our children are currently travelling a long distance of 20 kilometres to Uuhua CS, the nearest school with Grade 10,” Nghishiikoh narrated.
He said parents last month petitioned the office of the local inspector of education and that of the regional director to revoke the decision to remove Grade 10 from Oneeya.
“We also asked the regional director to sit and talk with him, but he rejected our request and is keeping on ignoring our demand for him to come and discuss the matter with us,” Nghishiikoh explained.
He reiterated that the children will go back to classes only after a satisfactory answer to their demand is provided.
On his part, Education Director for the Omusati Region, Laban Shapange told Nampa he could not respond to the petition of the parents on the grounds that it was addressed to the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture.
However, Shapange promised to meet with the parents at the school on Wednesday to explain and give them the reasons why Grade 10 was removed from Oneeya.
“It is in the hands of the school principals to inform the parents on any change taking place in our education system, but it seems this is not the case,” said Shapange.
Oneeya CS previously offered classes from Grade 0-10.
Grade 10 classes have been removed from some schools with the rollout of the revised curriculum at secondary school level.