|Hardap non-teaching staff won’t budge|
|Written by Edy Erich !Narib|
|Wednesday, 14 November 2012 20:50|
The non-teaching personal at all schools in the Hardap region have opted not to anticipate in any industrial action taken by the teachers since last week, despite calls from the teachers to show solidarity.
Since Monday teaching personnel are doing the rounds trying to motivate the non-teaching staff to join them in the strikes, but staff at school hostels in Rehoboth, Mariental and surrounds told this reporter that they ignored the call.
The catering matrons at Rehoboth High School and Dr Lemmer Ligh School said their operations were not affected by the strike and “every task is still carried out as per the Education Ministry’s directive”.
Anita van Wyk, a Rehoboth High hostel staff member and also a parent, said she has a responsibility towards those under her care and under no circumstances will she abandon that responsibility.
Queeny Cloete of Dr Lemmer High said as far as the hostel is concerned it is business as usual. “The safety of the children is of paramount importance and those in the hostel are studying as before the strike.”
The hostels’ supervisors did not want to comment on the issue of the industrial strike but are adamant that the strike will be over soon and the situation will return to normal.
Dawid Titus, the principal of Rehoboth High School whose teachers were also among those gathering at the Markplein centre the past two weeks, declined to comment. “I am not at liberty to talk to this paper,” he informed his secretary.
An institutional worker at the Origo Primary School, Pastor Koos Bezuidenhout, said they “are not under Nantu and they cannot participate in issues that does not consent them”.
“I pray that the issue be resolved to its earlier convenience for mutual benefit,” the preacher said. In Mariental Informanté was reliably informed that the governor, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, met the teachers at the town and she was allegedly willing to accept their petition.
This reporter could however not verify the claim by the time of going to print.