Absentees face arrest in Namibia

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

The new Namibian minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, has issued a stern warning.

Hanse-Himarwa wants children who skip school to be classified as ‘absent without leave’ (AWOL) and their parents to be severely punished. Those absentees over 18 years will have to face the might of the law as well.

Speaking recently about the issue of school non-attendance, the minister said: “I want it to be criminalised and if you are a parent… and [your] child is not in school, you must come to court and explain why that child is absent. “You will be under arrest and criminally prosecuted for denying your child a basic education.”

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