Namibia’s Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture on Tuesday banned political elements from carrying out political activities under the facade of motivational talks to learners and teachers.

“In light of the current political activities in the country towards the elections, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture has observed with serious concern the trends of uncoordinated access of groups, and in particular political parties on school premises under the pre-text of motivational talks to learners and teachers,” said the ministry’s executive director Sanet Steenkamp.

The ministry’s regulations thoroughly outline that although nurturing can take many forms, schools can not be used for “political gatherings, campaigns and fundraising activities for political gain.”

“This also includes that learners should not be addressed on political matters on school grounds.” “Schools are sensitive and secure areas with the Ministry having to fulfill a critical role of responsibility for all learners. Leadership and management at regional and school level are hereby urged to safeguard against political activities on school premises,” according to Steenkamp.

Namibia is preparing for general elections which are to be held on November 27, and will see the southwest African country emerge as one of the few Africans to use electronic voting. Enditem


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