06 Jun 2013 07:00
KEETMANSHOOP, 06 JUN (NAMPA) - About 32 Grade 10 learners of the Suiderlig Secondary School in Keetmanshoop await Namibian Police interrogation after one of them allegedly set their Science class on fire on Monday.
All of them were interrogated by the school?s management team, but allegedly refused to reveal who committed arson on Government property.
The school suspended them to allow investigations into the matter, but they returned to class on Tuesday to attend important lessons.
Karas Regional Education Director /Awebahe //Hoeseb confirmed the incident to Nampa on Thursday, saying the fire was detected early and little damage was thus caused.
He could, however, not say what properties were damaged and/or their value.
//Hoeseb said the learners? parents were informed about the matter immediately after the school detected it.
?We will inform the police, and ask them to carry out an investigation to find out who is the culprit. In the meantime, the students deny having any knowledge of who started the fire,? he added.
Also commenting on the issue today, school principal Deon Williams said perhaps the students agreed to protect the culprit, and go down with him or her.
Williams further stated that some of the students might be refusing to tell the truth because they are scared to be victimised by the rest of the class.
?I tried to remind them that there were a lot of them who are innocent in this matter, and therefore it is not wise for them to go down with the guilty person. But, that did not convince them to tell the truth,? said the principal.
A source told this reporter on Wednesday that one of the boys deliberately set the property on fire.
Regional Crime Investigations? Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak said the issue has not reached his office yet.
?I am sure the school will report it to us because the class is Government property, and for that reason, they cannot keep the investigations to themselves,? he told this agency.
When identified, the culprit will face a charge of arson.