THE protests at Jan Mohr Secondary School in wake of a teacher accused of raping a learner were met with police officers denying protesters access to the school, saying the protest was not authorized.
Police officers at the scene blocked entry to protesters. The protest was organized by the #Shutitdown movement, the Namibia National Students Organization(Nanso), as well as the Popular Democratic Movement youth league.
The 53-year-old teacher, Nathaniel Kamatuka has since made his court appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court this morning, on two counts of rape. He is accused of raping a 19-year-old boy at the school’s gym hall toilets last Wednesday. He also allegedly proceeded to rape another learner that same day.
About 40 protesters have been locked outside the school premises, while the vast majority of learners, most of them with posters have been locked inside the premises.
“We want the presence of our Executive Director Sanet Steenkamp. We demand the presence of Education Directors. How many more teachers abused learners? We want justice,” Gregory Madi Nanso Vice President chanted.
Inspector of Education Milton ya Otto said the school is not denying anyone access, but they are trying to keep up with the Covid-19 regulations. An urgent meeting was subsequently called to address Seniors at the school.
Ya Otto said that social workers and counsellors have been deployed at school for a week, to counsel affected learners and teachers.