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New Era Newspaper Wednesday April 25, 2018

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6 COMMENT Wednesday, April 25 2018 | NEW ERA Crime threatens to govern our society StrideS with Uncle Bob Kandetu TITTLE DESCRIPTION TENDER DOCUMENT ENQUIRIES DELIVERY ADDRESS FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDER CLOSING DATE AND TIME NEW ERA PUBLICATION CORPORATION PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UINT TENDER INVITATION TENDER NUMBER: SC/RP/NEPC-01/2018 Provision of Company Secretary Services Or Crime has reached endemic proportions in Namibia, particularly in particular. A young lady circulated a clip on social media warning drivers that her father’s friend was chased by a car with four occupants and they vainly tried to force him to stop. After the chase through several streets he sped to the Katutura police station, according to the narrator. Close to the station they stopped and got off the vehicle and he could see through the rear mirror that they wore yellow overalls. They disappeared before police arrived. In another incidence, a young lady entered a taxi from Khomasdal towards Katutura, with only two other occupants. The occupants communicated thorough the central mirror, prompting the young lady to became suspicious. She quietly pulled a) The Bid Submission form out her pepper spray gun. As they approached the front of the Augustineum High School, the driver said to the one in the back: Are you getting off here? The other man grabbed the young lady from behind around her neck but she sprayed him with the pepper in his face, prompting him to run away. The driver tried to speed away but he too was sprayed with pepper in his face. The brave young lady blew the horn of the car and thus attracted the attention of other vehicles. The car hit a pavement, came to a halt and two vehicles stopped. That’s when the driver of the taxi sped away. Interestingly, while the lady was making statements at the police station, police called her outside to identify a taxi and its occupants. This was a different car with different occupants, but the number plate was similar to the one of the culprit taxi. Law and order is at best tenuous in Windhoek, the western suburbs in particular, and the more things are expected to change the more they remain the same. The latest developments are the birth of criminal groups in Katutura. These gangs are composed of boys, mostly aged between fourteen and twenty. They terrorise neighbourhoods, rob houses and assault residents with the intent to mete out serious bodily harm. These groups have been known for some time and their pictures have been carried on social media, but they have remained on the loose. They would loot communities and disappear to hide among their traditional communities in places like Otjinene, Otjiwarongo, Okakarara and others. It was not until some community members implored Councillor Ambrosius Kandjii of Katutura Central Constituency that we saw action being taken. Councillor Kandjii decided to take the role of the police as he normally does when there is something that police handling without energy. He stepped to center stage and some of the community members joined his night searches throughout the townships. And this is how some of these gangsters were apprehended. Councillor Kandjii managed to implore some of the parents to come forward and participate in this campaign to bring their children to life again and hopefully to embark on a journey to their rehabilitation. ing these challenges is that when our children go astray in their conduct, there are parents who protect them and scheme getaway plans when the net closes on these culprit children. Albert Einstein is right: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”. When it comes to dealing with crime, our policing mentality and model deserve a review. I listened to a report for the Friday morning. that criminals are on the rampage and since it was the end of the month, citizens were advised to stay indoors after dark, in order to steer clear of criminals. I had expected to hear the po- day and end of the month, police will have reinforcements and we shall deploy at all street corners. Equally counter-productive is must be stationed in hundreds at police stations to await calls to the scenes of crime. These never work as they always arrive after the fact and just collect crime statistics. City Police would from time to time deploy police of- Central Business District areas of Windhoek, not in the Western suburbs where crime is the order of the day. My last note goes to our communities. We harbour this mistaken believe that government can do all things pertaining to human development, even when we have glaring evidence to the contrary. We blame the government for the mess in our education system, perhaps rightly so, but we fail to appreciate that we also have a role to play in helping the children to make it through school. When our children derail from school and take to alcohol and other social ills, we lie down and blame the economy, when we can at least try like other parents do, to contain the behavior of our children. As we speak, some communities are demonstrating against the moratorium placed by their city councillors on the proliferation of shebeens, while we recognise that the advent of such watering holes has brought about adverse circumstances on our communities. We decry the problems associated with taxis as a medium of transport, yet we cannot confront the leaders of our taxi associations for dismal challenges associated with this mode of transport. We must one day call ourselves to order and decide what we want for our societies and how we shall obtain that, particularly those of us who live in communities that are exposed to these national hazards. And we must dispel the myth that security must be reserved for the exclusive protection of the most important people in our society. In all these matters, nothing will happen until we decide.

Wednesday, April 25 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Moses Magadza Windhoek Namibian members of parliament are calling for a revamp of the country’s policy meant to respond to the high incidence of learners falling pregnant amid claims that the policy, while noble, might have undesirable consequences. Addressing Namibian MPs, including those from the Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Family Affairs recently, Christel Menette, a clinical psychologist within the ministry, explained that the the policy was meant to prevent pregnancies among learners in Namibian schools. “The perception out there is that this policy is there to promote pregnancy. That is not the intention,” Menette said during a session chaired by MP Ida Hoffman. She said the ultimate goal of the policy was to improve the prevention and management of learner pregnancy; to decrease the number of learners that fall pregnant; and to increase the number of learners that fall pregnant but complete their formal education. The policy sought, also, to promote participatory decision-making among all stakeholders. Menette said studies had revealed that learners fall pregnant due to a variety of factors including: peer pressure; consensual sex; lack of contraceptives or incorrect use of contraceptives; lack of parental guidance; rape; gender inequality; sugar daddies and mommies; poverty; and lack of knowledge. She warned that not addressing learner pregnancy and excluding learners that fall pregnant had dire consequences. She explained that Namibia had been guided by international guidelines including the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW,) in developing the policy. The policy applied to all government primary and secondary schools and those subsidised by government. Menette said although under the policy prevention was stressed, when that fails the school management is tasked to endeavour to manage the situation. Her presentation generated heated debate, with some MPs present calling for wider and deeper consultation to Elma Dienda, who once tabled a motion in parliament about female learners not being allowed to go back to school whenever they fell pregnant, said there had been insufficient consultation in developing the policy. “I fell pregnant when I was in Grade 11, and I couldn’t go back to school. So it was with that background that I tabled that motion in parliament, but when you developed this Policy, you didn’t even consult me,” she said. Dienda said in addition to being an MP and a mover of the motion, she was a chairperson of a school board for three consecutive terms. At no point, she said, was she invited to participate in discussions related to the development of the policy. “I was also the alternative chairperson of the Council of Churches in Namibia. I was not invited to participate in these discussions. I belonged to a group which is the church, and the input of the church could have improved this policy. If you had invited chairpersons of school boards, I am sure I would have been invited if you didn’t want to include me as a MP.” Dienda said it was disturbing that the policy was never presented to Fireworks as MPs speak on learner pregnancy policy MP Reinhold Nauyoma parliament for debate before it was adopted. She also took issue with the ages of people who were being asked to teach life skills. “Some of the teachers teaching life skills are in their 50s. It is not within our culture for teachers to discuss issues of sex with their learners. You can’t pick anybody to be a life skills teacher... We must be very careful on who our life skills teachers are. They can either make it or break it,” she warned. She said due to poor training of some life-skills teachers, some lifeskills lessons had degenerated into “relaxation periods”. She said some learners were abusing the policy. “Some of the learners that fall pregnant are coming back to school two days after they have given birth, and they are sleeping most of the time. My view is that immediately after a learner has given birth, we must ask them to rest for at least one month. I want to see this policy also take into consideration the health of the learners that would have just given birth.” She said breastfeeding was a challenge given that many schools DUNESIDE HIGH SCHOOL VACANCY MATHEMATICS 5-12 OL & HL AND GEOGRAPHY GR 11-12 OL & HL 1 X FULL TIME TEACHER Governing Body appointment Minimum Requirements: COMMENCEMENT DATE: 18 MAY 2018 had no breastfeeding corners, leaving some breast-feeding learners to nurse their babies under trees. Another MP, Reinhold Nauyoma, called for a study to ascertain the academic performance of learners that fall pregnant and are readmitted into formal education. “Do we have success stories that we are proud of under this policy? Do we have statistics of learners that fell pregnant, came back and did well? Do we know the impact of this situation on other learners at the same school that don’t fall pregnant and are working very hard? In the end, they see their colleague falling pregnant, coming back and conclude that it’s not a big deal.” Nauyoma wondered how schools were dealing with learners who were falling pregnant repeatedly under the policy. “I have a problem with a learner Please submit: Address applications to: The Chairman: Governing Body Duneside High School, P.O. Box 1189, Walvis Bay Tel: 064-203 782 Closing date: 03 MAY 2018 Pregnant girls form part of the audience. who this year is pregnant, gives birth and comes back to the school. Two years later, she falls pregnant again because she is just used to this kind of life where nothing happens.” Agnes Limbo, also an MP, said when the policy was developed, she thought it was good but what she saw during public hearings and oversight visits organised under the SADC Parliamentary Forum-led Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, HIV and AIDS Governance Project had changed her views. “We came across a school in Otjozondjupa …we started looking at the children of these learners. Are they well-taken care of or are they just dumped?” Her view was that many of the girls that fell pregnant were from poor households. “When such a mother is forced to go back to school within a week or so of giving birth, she leaves her child with her uneducated mother or grandmother.” Limbo said she was told that there was an NGO that was paying learners who fall pregnant to go back to school. “These learner mothers are paid a certain fee. It now becomes like the more you produce, the more you get.” She said some of the learners who had fallen pregnant were being paid so handsomely that they looked better than their fellow classmates who had not fallen pregnant. “They were well looked after; they were having nice clothes. The others were saying to us ‘Why should I sit in school when my classmate who has fallen pregnant is getting money?’ It becomes a vicious cycle.” She said Namibia must stop copying other countries’ policies. “When we go to international forums, hear that something is happening or is being discussed, before we even think deeper, we come here and start implementing. Many of us sitting here have never been to the rural areas to see if this policy is really welcomed by the people who In response, Ministry of Education, present insisted that there had been Charles Kabajani, who was the acting deputy permanent secretary in the ministry at the time told the parliamentarians that the policy had been developed with the best interest of the girl-child in mind, and had adhered to international best-practices. He said in developing the policy, the ministry of education had received assistance from the Legal Assistance Centre.

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