GOBABIS: Various sectors of the Omaheke education fraternity have come out strongly to condemn what they term the moral decay amongst learners in the region.
This condemnation follows events pertaining to child pornography and indecent exposure on school grounds over the past two weeks after a young Wennie du Plessis High School learner was forcibly undressed, had her legs spread apart and her private parts fondled by her fellow girl hostel mates.
Reports also came to the fore of a group of girls who stripped naked in full view of their male teacher, who was busy with a lesson.
The incident, which occurred at the same school, is said to have taken place a few days after the sexual abuse of the minor.
The school is located in Gobabis in the Omaheke Region.
Most prominent amongst those that have spoken out against the acts is the Omaheke Education Forum – which is made out of churches, traditional authorities, regional and local authorities, teachers and youth organisations.
The forum’s deputy chairperson, Pastor Gerson Katuuo at a media conference on Tuesday called on members of the community to unite in order to rid schools off such evils, and said it is time for schools to intensify moral education in order to avoid similar occurrences.
Katuuo urged parents to become more involved in their children’s activities by being more hands-on with regard to the learners’ school programmes.
“We have to unite against such evils in our society. What happened at the Wennie du Plessis High School is unimaginable and every step ought to be taken to ensure that such an event does not rear its ugly head again,” he said.
Katuuo blamed the incident on the increase in shebeen outlets in the region which he said not only made it difficult for learners to concentrate when doing home study, but also impart negative vices amongst the learners.
“How should learners behave differently if they witness fighting, sex and all other evils right at their door step every night? We need to find ways of dealing with the sale of alcohol at odd hours as it is not good for our school-going children at all,” he noted.
The forum is calling for the enforcement of closing times for shebeen and liquor outlets to make sure that school children are not affected by the situation.
It also wants the police to keep a close eye on such establishments to make sure that no under age children are allowed access to alcohol.
“Let us help the police in this matter, as we are aware that some of the parents are the ones that send children to buy alcohol for them. This needs to be stopped henceforth,” he urged.