THE Namibian National Student Organisation (Nanso), through its lawyers Kadhila Amoomo, is demanding that the education ministry immediately suspend teachers who have impregnated learners, had sexual relationships with learners and those accused of rape, pending disciplinary hearings.
If the demand is not met, said Nanso in a letter addressed to the education minister, legal action will be instituted in the High Court.
Nanso is further demanding for the deployment of social workers and Gender-Based Violence unit workers at schools where such incidents have been reported.
The minister, Anna Nghipondoka, has been given seven days to respond.
“Our instructions are that despite countless allegations lodged against teachers for being sexual violence perpetrators, the ministry through its schools has dismally failed to take robust and prompt action to ensure that such teachers are accordingly dealt with. The ministry’s constant negligence and futile response to serious allegations made against teachers is in violation of their innate obligation to parents, learners and the general community in ensuring that the school is a safe environment, ” Amoomo wrote.