Minister of Education David Namwandi seems shocked to discover that drug and alcohol abuse is a serious problem in our schools. He apparently only realised this after a recent police raid at a school in the Khomas region in which a large percentage of students tested positive for drug use.
Words cannot express the deep sense of sorrow and even outrage most of us feel about the killing of a learner by a security guard at the Ella du Plessis School in Windhoek. The incident will no doubt open up a new round of angst and fretful debate about the role of guns in our society.
THE poor just can’t catch a break, can they? They face a seemingly never-ending onslaught of aggressors that conspire to deepen their poverty. If it’s not widespread unemployment, then it is drought, flood, spiralling food and transport costs or simply homelessness.
One cannot overemphasise the importance of the United Nations conference on desertification currently underway in our country’s capital Windhoek, and ends on Friday. Sadly, however, the subject matter of the conference seems to have passed over most people’s heads, and it somehow seems not to have engaged the attention of the average Namibian citizen.
We all really needed something to lift our spirits after the gloom of a bleak, cold winter and the persistent drought that afflicts most of the country. The onset of warmer summer weather and the announcement of Government’s Mass Housing Development Initiative could not have come at a better time to help cheer us up.