Principals of combined, secondary schools in Otjozondjupa Region come under fire for non-adherence to policy matters

Principals of combined and secondary schools in the Otjozondjupa Region came under fire for non-adherence to policy matters during a meeting with the Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi on Friday.

About 140 regional education officials from the Khomas, Erongo, Omaheke, Karas and Otjozondjupa Regions gathered at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region for the meeting.

Namwandi’s speech lasted for about five hours, and mainly centred around advising school inspectors, teachers and principals to perform to a more satisfactory level this year.

The minister said prompt action would be taken against principals who do not carry out set policies.

This, amongst others, include principals who send learners home because of non-payment of School Development Fund fees; selecting learners based on their academic performance results; the misuse and abuse of power against staff, parents, and learners; and allowing teachers or school secretaries to withhold the progress reports of learners.

The minister also complained about principals ‘using schools like private property’; administering corporal punishment; locking out learners or sending late-comers home without investigating the reasons for them being late; and the un-procedural dismissal of learners.