The assistant Minister of Education and Skills development, Patrick Masimolole told Parliament on Monday this week that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.
“All the fire incidents were reported to the Police and investigations are ongoing. The cause of the fires is still unknown,” he said.
He was responding to a question by Member of Parliament for Okavango, Bagalatia Arone who had asked Masimolole’s Ministry to make a statement about the closed school.
In further response Masimolole explained that on October 6, this year at around 22:00, fire broke out at Maun secondary school destroying a block of four classrooms.
He further stated that, the following morning, at around 08:00 hours another fire broke out from one of the offices, burning all the furniture which was inside.
He said although the fire was extinguished, four days later another fire broke out around 22:00 hours and consumed another block of four classrooms.
As a result of these fires, Masimolole added, the situation at the school became very uncertain, volatile, unstable and insecure. He said most of the boarding students especially girls, felt they could not sleep in the hostels fearing possible fire outbreaks while they were asleep.
”It was at this point that the regional structures, District Commissioner, Station Commander, Tribal Authority, Regional Office and the School Administration met and recommended to my Ministry to close the school from 16 October, 2012, until further notice,” Masimolole further explained.
He however indicated that all the form 5 students were allowed to write final examinations as day scholars, except for the disabled students who are currently accommodated at the Maun Education Centre and had to write their exams from there.