OTJIWARONGO: Over 150 learners of the Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School were sent home on Monday for failing to return raffle tickets meant to collect money for the school.
Principal Rina Goldbeck told Nampa on Monday that she made the decision to send the learners home.
Tickets were sold for N.dollars 10 each, and monies to be collected are meant to build 20 benches and 20 tables on the school premises.
“I sent them home at 07h30 before the school could start with daily lessons at 08h00 so that they bring back the raffle tickets they had collected early this year,” she noted.
Goldbeck explained that in May this year, several learners collected raffle tickets to sell to any interested person, and they have not returned these tickets up to now.
People who bought tickets stand a chance to win prizes.
According to her, it means that the tickets were either sold and the learners misappropriated the money, or the learners failed to sell the tickets and decided to keep them at home.
Goldbeck said the draw for the competition is scheduled for Tuesday this week.
The decision to sent learners home angered some parents here, who complained to Nampa about the manner Goldbeck runs the Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School.
Acting Otjozondjupa Regional Education Director, Cornelis Araes- Shikulo failed to comment much on the raffle ticket issue, only saying that she spoke to the school principal in question.
Goldbeck also made headlines in July this year when she sent home 162 learners who failed to pay their School Development Fund (SDF).
It is against the law under regulations of the Education Act of 2001, Part II, No. 9 to send home a learner for reasons that a parent failed to pay his or her school development contribution.
The Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School has 762 learners.