ONGWEDIVA: Five learners of the Mweshipandeka High School here were arrested by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Monday for violence, assault on another learner and vandalism of school properties the previous night.
NamPol Commander in the Oshana Region, Commissioner Ndahangwapo Kashihakumwa confirmed this to the media during a visit to the school to talk to all learners on Monday.
Three of the five arrested boys are Grade 10 learners, and they are charged with common assault for allegedly assaulting another learner upon accusations of theft, while the remaining two are Grade 12 learners, charged with malicious damage to government properties.
The two Grade 12 learners and others yet to be identified, are accused of smashing several windows and cutting window burglar bars to sneak out of the hostel, breaking school chairs and urinating all over the shower room floor at their hostel.
All the accused will appear in the local magistrate’s court during the course of this week.
Principal of the school, Erastus Nanyemba, called for police intervention on Monday morning, after the management of the school realised misbehaviour in some learners and vandalism to school properties.
“Vandalism is not good, and the school should be preserved for future generations,” said Nanyemba whilst speaking to the media at the school on Monday afternoon.
He pointed out that 80 per cent of learners who are involved in violent actions, are mostly boys in Grades 10 and 12.
These are the learners who are about to finish their end-of-the-year examinations, especially the Grade 12s, who know that they will not return to the school next year.
Mweshipandeka, which is one of the few best schools in northern Namibia, is losing its good reputation, because of increasing misbehaviour amongst learners.
The school was established in 1983, and it is currently accommodating 712 learners in Grade Eight to 12.