GOBABIS: Confusion is reigning in the Omaheke Region as teachers who have embarked on a solidarity strike with their colleagues in the Khomas Region refuse to return to class.
Teachers here on Tuesday voted to join the strike and have defied Government’s order to return to classes.
A number of learners who turned up for classes at various schools across the region on Tuesday morning, were sent back home, while those that opted to remain on the school premises had to do so without the supervision of teachers.
Although many of the teachers turned up at their duty stations on Wednesday, none were prepared to offer lessons and the day went by with many of them simply lazing around the school premises.
Learners in school uniform could be seen in the Gobabis central business district (CBD), roaming from one shop to the next after being released from their respective schools.
Only a handful of schools – Ben van der Walt Primary School, #Khoandawes Primary School and the Nossobville Primary School – had fully-fledged lessons on Wednesday.
Nampa was reliably informed that only a few of the teachers at these schools decided to join the strike, while the majority, under the guidance of their principals, decided to continue with classes.
Rakutuka Primary School teachers were on the school’s premises, but learners decided to leave after realising that no classes were taking place. Some learners did not even bother entering the school premises on the day.
The same situation applied at the Epako Secondary School, Gobabis Primary School and Wennie du Plessis High School, as the school grounds were literally deserted by 09h00.
Teachers outside Gobabis had also adopted the same strategy; turning up for classes but not offering any lessons – a situation that led to many learners staying at home.
Meanwhile, the Regional Education Director for the Omaheke Region, Natalia Goagoses refused to accept a petition by the striking teachers presented to her on Wednesday afternoon.
Goagoses said she was already informed by the Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) regional representatives that the Omaheke Region would not be joining the strike.
Nantu is the official bargaining unit for the teachers and is recognised as such by Government.
The teachers have however vowed to continue with the illegal strike until their demands are met in full.