THE Ministry of Training, Arts and Tradition has refuted claims that rape-accused Lukas Tsamseb, popularly often known as ‘Irivari’, would return to highschool on Monday following his launch from police custody earlier this week.
Chatting with The Namibian yesterday, government director of schooling Sanet Steenkamp stated no official request has been made for Irivari’s return to highschool.
She stated the matter was delicate and would should be rigorously scrutinised earlier than any such determination is made.
“Neither the regional director, nor the precept, nor myself have been approached. Now we have not obtained any official documentation. It’s completely necessary that no such integration occurs with out in-depth counselling and evaluation by a social employee and a signed-off report supplied,” she stated.
The Namibian Nationwide College students Organisation (Nanso) says they’re strongly in opposition to Irivari’s reintegration into faculty.
Nanso president Simon Taapopo instructed The Namibian that the organisation had written to the schooling ministry to request that Irivari not be enrolled at any faculty or keep in touch with any pupil in any respect.
“We do condemn any determination, significantly from politicians, that seeks to confess him into any faculty. We don’t help it in any respect or any intention to take action,” he stated.
The prospect of the rape-accused being reintegrated into faculty amongst minor youngsters sparked outcry as the general public criticised the federal government for contemplating the chance.
Irivari was final yr enrolled in Grade 1 at Ondera Major Faculty within the Oshikoto area when he was taken off the streets of Oshivelo by the federal government via the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.
His age stays a thriller as he has no nationwide paperwork, nevertheless, a dental report estimated that he could also be between 17 and 21 years previous.
This, Steenkamp stated, would additionally issue into any issues of the ministry about the way forward for his schooling.
“I’ve learn that his age is above 16. If that’s the case we might slightly have him referred to a literacy promoter or literacy programmes,” she stated.
As reported earlier this week, Guinas constituency councillor Marthinus Kainda, who paid Irivari’s N$2 000 bail, stated the accused can be returning to highschool as early as Monday.
Kainda claimed he approached Ondera Major Faculty together with Irivari’s uncle to debate this.
Nevertheless, faculty principal Jason Kalenga on Wednesday stated he has not met with the councillor and the college was not conscious that Irivari was launched on bail.
Steenkamp stated solely the chief director can present approval for an over-aged particular person to be positioned at school.
This, she stated, can’t be carried out with out session with and the approval of the schooling ministry.
“I believe the feedback by the councillor have been made in his personal capability. No person has approached schooling, the regional director, the principal or myself in that regard,” she stated.
Whereas recognising the wrestle of people raised in lower than beneficial circumstances, Steenkamp stated it’s her ministry’s mandate to guard minor youngsters.
“We acknowledge the difficulties of any one that lived on the road for a protracted interval. They’ve established habits, behaviours and patterns [… ] so we do not take evenly to any such integration with out all of the info and searching on the help that might be wanted to be granted to him.
“We’re [also] not insensitive to the wants of the opposite youngsters, as a result of our job and our purpose is to verify each little one is secure,” she stated.
Irivari and three others stand accused of gang-raping an 18-year-old woman on 1 January 2021.
They’re on account of seem in court docket once more on 16 March.