Karundu PS teachers locked out of school for coming late

Community members at Otjiwarongo on Friday morning teamed up to accuse some teachers at the Karundu Primary School (PS) of allegedly coming late as they wish at the school.

The community members residing adjacent the schoolyard said this on Friday in reaction to the 11 teachers who were locked outside the school after they allegedly came late after the school's Friday assembly session had dispersed.

Teachers and learners at the school gathers for their assembly session on Monday and Friday mornings at 07h30.

School principal, Julia Chaka in an interview with Nampa said the school management decided to lock the gates when learners and teachers are on assembly.

Chaka said it was during this lockout time when some of the teachers who came late were also seen by community members standing outside.

Chaka said a total of 11 teachers, a secretary and two school cleaners were amongst those who came late and missed on the assembly session.

Yes we have a problem of coming and this is not the first time. But I can also say that we are busy to address this situation, Chaka said.

Acting Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director, NickeyEiman on his part strongly condemned the behaviour of these teachers who allegedly come late at Karundu and other schools in the region.

Eiman and the Otjiwarongo circuit schools' inspector, Cornelia Araes-Shikulo later told this Nampa journalist that they visited the Karundu PS on Friday and talked to the concerned teachers.

Eiman also begged Nampa to drop the story, saying it might tarnish the reputation of the school.

However, community members insisted the story should be written allegedly because they are sick and tired of Karundu teachers who are always late to arrive at the school and would enter the schoolyard walking like bosses.

Kennedy Kazonganga said it annoys him to continue seeing teachers with bossy attitude come late at the school, adding that it is very ironic because these same teacher would punish a learner who comes late at the school yet they are setting the example.

Another resident, Selma Magano Tomas said Namibian teachers must be exemplary to the learners and coming early and leaving the schoolyard late should be the culture at each school.

Karundu PS has a total of 1 387 learners and offers pre-primary to Grade 7 with a staff compliment of 43 including institutional workers.

Source: Namibia Press Agency