By Eliaser Ndeyanale
A teacher from Jan Möhr High School in Windhoek, which is Government owned, is charging parents N$300 for August holiday extra lessons as well as September and October weekend classes.
However this is in contradiction to a directive issued by Government that from this year secondary schooling would be offered completely free of charge in all public schools.
In a letter in Confidente’s possession, the Mathematics teacher at the school wrote to the parents on June 09 that he was going to offer extra classes in Mathematics during the August holiday as well as each Saturday of September and October from 09h30 to 12h00 at the school, at an extra cost of N$300 per learner.
It is not clear how many learners are interested in these classes, however, the teacher, a certain Kamatuka who has been teaching for 22 years boasted that he is one of the best teachers at the school and some parents and learners approached him for additional tutoring.
“Ask my principal, I’m a very dedicated teacher. I work very hard and I never forced anyone to attend classes during the holiday they approached me and I cannot give them for free. I was supposed to go to (the) farm and now that these people came to me seeking help, I am not going. I’m sacrificing my time. Who does that for free?” he asked.
Commenting on the matter the headmaster of Jan Mohr, Clemence Kloppers, said he was aware of the incident, but said that the school does not charge for extra classes and will not avail classes to teachers charging for extra lessons.
“The school does not allow teachers to charge parents either for weekends or holidays classes, it is not allowed. Every time we give extra classes to our learners it is always free of charge but we have seen the letter that you are talking about and the PS (permanent secretary) has asked the teacher to respond to it,” said Kloppers, adding though that the teacher had told him that he was approached by several learners that needed assistance in order to excel in their final examinations.
Basic education permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp cautioned schools to stop charging parents for additional classes.
“We have sent the inspector of education in the Khomas region Mr Milton ya Otto to examine what is transpiring at the school, kindly get a comment from him. However, what I can tell you is that if the teacher is teaching at the school it’s not allowed because that would be an additional to his salary. Teachers are not allowed to charge parents for giving extra classes,” she said.
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