Oneeya children resume classes

14 Feb 2019 10:50am
ONEEYA, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The learners of Oneeya Combined School (CS) in the Omusati Region’s Okalongo Constituency resumed classes on Thursday, after a two-day class boycott initiated by their parents on Tuesday.
Regional Director of Education, Arts and Culture, Laban Shapange held an urgent meeting with the parents at the school on Wednesday, when he told them that they violated the education law which does not allow anybody to deny a child the right and access to education.
The parents on Tuesday withdrew their children from classes in protest against the revised education curriculum that has led to the removal of Grade 10 from the school at the beginning of this academic year.
Spokesperson of the parents’ committee, Joshua Nghishiikoh confirmed on Thursday that the children have resumed classes as per an agreement reached between the parents and Shapange during the Wednesday meeting.
Twenty-five Grade 10 children from Oneeya have been transferred to Uushwa CS and they are said to live in a shack and cuca shop polluted area at Uushwa, a situation condemned by the parents.
This situation, Nghishiikoh said, angered the parents and prompted them to withdraw their children from the school.
Shapange agreed with the parents during Wednesday’s meeting for the children to resume classes, provided that his office along with representatives of the parents follow up on the living conditions of their children at Uushwa in order to offer them possible assistance.
“The issue is that we want Grade 10 to remain at Oneeya, as our children are currently travelling a long distance of about 20 kilometres to Uushwa CS, the nearest school with Grade 10,” Nghishiikoh earlier also 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 for Oneeya not to offer Grade 10 classes this year.
The parents withdrew the children from the school to express their anger over the introduction of the new curriculum and to force the regional education office to grant them a discussion platform.
Shapange told Nampa on Tuesday after the boycott that 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.
Oneeya CS offered classes from Grade 0-10 previously.