OTJIWARONGO: The principal of Spes Bona Primary School in Otjiwarongo has expressed disappointment with community members whom he accuses of allegedly stealing the wire fencing at the school.
Deuce Shikulo told Nampa on Tuesday that the fence is regularly cut by unknown community members after it is being replaced.
“My superiors are aware of this problem. I have also opened several theft cases on this matter with the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), but no one has been arrested yet,” he stated.
The fence at the back of the school was replaced last term with money generated from the school development fund, but was stolen during the same week.
The school has no security guards as it cannot afford to pay them, leaving the school unguarded at night.
Contacted for comment on Tuesday, senior education planner for the Otjozondjupa Region Albertus Liebenberg confirmed that he had received written reports concerning the theft of the fence at Spes Bona Primary School.
“I am aware of it, but we just finished paying for the repairs done on their toilets, which to us was a matter of urgency. It should wait for the next financial year,” he said.
Liebenberg stated that once funds become available, he will see to it that the mesh wire fence is replaced with palisade fencing.
“Palisade iron fencing is expensive, but it is what I recommend for their rear fence, instead of mesh wire which can easily be removed and taken away,” the senior education planner noted.
Spes Bona Primary School has more than 1 000 learners in Grades 1 to 7, and has 40 teachers, including the principal.