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Free secondary education not for all

The Standard Online Edition: "Not all students in public secondary schools will benefit from free education, The Standard has learnt.
In a confidential circular, Education Permanent Secretary, Prof Karega Mutahi, said the State would only pay fees for students in classes of between 40 and 45.
This means that students outside this bracket would miss out on the programme.
Mutahi said schools in high potential, urban and arid and semi-arid areas must have a minimum of 40 students and a maximum of 45 in all classes to qualify for Government funding."

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The Namibian Newspaper: "THE High Court yesterday ordered the immediate release of a 12-year-old boy who became Namibia's youngest sentenced prison inmate after receiving a six-month jail term for housebreaking and theft at Karasburg in October.

In a review judgement handed down by Judge Elton Hoff, Acting Judge Claus Hinrichsen set aside the boy's conviction and sentence and ordered his immediate release from detention.

Judge Hoff agreed with Acting Judge Hinrichsen's decision, which was based on the principle that a child as young as the boy is presumed not to be criminally liable, especially where he had been involved in a crime while under the influence and instructions of a much older person.
The boy was sentenced to six months' imprisonment on October 19, after he had been convicted in the Karasburg Magistrate's Court on a charge of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft."