Schools take safety measures after brutal killing

07 September 2018 Author   Kaula Nhongo and Rinelda Mouton
Schools around Windhoek have introduced or strengthened safety measures in an attempt to protect learners in the aftermath of the brutal killing of nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha last week.
Sunshine Private School Principal, Nomakando Kangira, told the Windhoek Observer on Thursday that the school recently strengthened its existing safety measures following the death of Ujaha, whose dismembered body was found dumped in Khomasdal last week Tuesday.
She said the school only allows people who are registered with it to come and collect learners after classes.
The school also encourages parents to make use of its transport service that drops off learners right at their doorstep to ensure their safety.
The school has 16 buses that are solely responsible for transporting learners.
“No child must be collected by anyone who is not registered on the school form. We usually ask for two names to be put on the list,” Kangira said.
The school has also commissioned a psychologist to speak to the learners on how to protect themselves.
“Parents must adhere to schools rules. It is important for learners to be safe; we want them to be safe. If learners take buses from home to school, their safety is guaranteed.”
The school also keeps all its gates locked while there are security guards stationed at the entrances at all times.
For the future, there are plans to install surveillance cameras at the school gates to identify people going in and out.
Emma Hoogenout Primary School Principal, Isabella Beukes, said they have called for a meeting with parents to discuss the way forward.
The school is also looking at possible ways to entertain learners while they wait for their parents to pick them up in the afternoon so that they do not wander.
“It is very difficult to keep the learners in the hall because they always want to go outside and play. We have placed a TV in the hall so we can keep them entertained while they wait. We also had a meeting with learners where we instructed them on how to be safe,” Beukes said.
Namutoni Primary School Principal Johanna Asino said they educate learners not to speak to strangers.
“They must not allow themselves to fall victim. We do not allow a child to leave the school without a parent’s consent during school time,” Asino said.


The Windhoek Observer is an English-language weekly newspaper, published in Namibia by Paragon Investment Holding. It is the country's oldest and largest circulating weekly.

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