NamRights strongly condemns the so-called investigation reportedly launched into the media leak about close to 500 Oshikoto Region-based school children who have not been receiving food for more than a year now.

The Namibian newspaper quoted Deputy Regional Education Director, Vilho Shipuata, of having said last Thursday the Ministry of Education (MoE) was “investigating why the school management had to run to the media about the shortage of food the school is experiencing.” However, Deputy Director Shipuata reportedly also admitted that MoE has been “fully aware” of chronic food want at the school, with altogether 486 learners.

Shipuata was expressly referring to the Waapandula Primary School management which reportedly informed the media about the lingering food shortage the school has been subjected to for more than year. The school, which is located in the town of Omuthiya, has reportedly over 100 learners living with HIV and close to 170 orphans and vulnerable and children (OVCs).

Shipuata reportedly also told The Namibian that he was disappointed by the Waapandula school management “for giving out very sensitive information” about the plight of the school to the media without approaching relevant authorities in at MoE.

“Those children can hardly take their anti-retroviral (ARV) medication because of chronic hunger at that educational institution, which was entitled to receive the food from the National Schools Feeding Program (NSFP). MoE should rather spend taxpayers’ money to investigate and prosecute those who are held responsible for the non-delivery of food at the school as well as those who want to shove this very serious and life-threatening crime (of failure to deliver food) under the carpet”, said NamRights executive director, Phil ya Nangoloh, this Sunday morning.