GOBABIS: A group of about 50 learners from Gobabis on Wednesday marched to the regional education office here, demanding immediate intervention to secure that their striking teachers return to school.
A large number of teachers in the Omaheke Region have abandoned their classes and opted to strike in solidarity with the Khomas Region teachers, leaving their classes unattended.
The learners, from at least four different schools at Gobabis, said they are worried that the absence of their teachers from classes will negatively affect their results at the end of the year.
They took on a relatively dangerous mission by marching from the Epako location to the regional education office in town without any traffic escort.
According to one of the learners who did not want to be named for fear of victimisation, only three other learners pitched up for school in her class.
“What are we supposed to do when the teachers go on strike? We want them back so that we can continue with our work, as some of us need urgent assistance with some revision,” she said.
The learners were however advised to return to their schools by the Acting Regional Chairperson of the Namibia National Student Organisation (Nanso), Raurovandu Hambira.
Hambira urged the learners to be patient while Government and the relevant trade unions are working on a solution to the strike, warning them not to involve themselves in the teachers’ battle.
“This is not your battle; it is the teachers’ battle. Just return to class and be patient, a solution to this situation will be coming soon. As long as you turn up for school, you will be assisted by the few teachers present,” he said.
The learners had promised to be back in class on Thursday.
Fears abound here that the striking teachers, most of whom were preparing for learners’ final examinations, will struggle to catch up after the strike, given the limited time left before the end of the last school term.
Some teachers Nampa spoke to were of the opinion that those teachers on strike will find the going tough in the attempt to catch up on lost time should the strike end.