unam students who gave personal accounts of their encounters with their lecturer, Dr Wilfred Isak April on Monday during a public hearing broke down in tears.
In our last week’s Metro, we reported that some foreign students accused Dr April, a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Management of forcing them to dance before starting lectures.
Most of the students who turned up as witnesses against Dr April when he appeared before a panel of seven for a public hearing into his behaviour on Monday described him as ‘unprofessional, immature and personal’.
The students accused their lecturer of attacking them verbally; chasing them out of his office and class; favouring a clique of students loyal to him; and threatening to have bursaries suspended for those who do not agree with him.
“He is teaching organisational behaviour, but he himself is not organised. How can you teach organisational behaviour to students when you yourself is not organised?” one of the students asked the panel amidst thunderous applause.
Female students became emotional when they narrated their horrific encounters with Dr April.
“We are tired of being reminded that we are all stupid and come from Katutura where poor people live. He asks why we are wearing the same clothes we wore last year and whether we don’t have TVs at home.
We can stay at Unam to watch TV to get informed.”
The students also said Dr April declared an ‘April Revolution’ unto them where he used his acquired brilliance to humiliate them; question their intelligence quotient (IQ), and make a mockery of their poor backgrounds.
“Some of our parents are struggling hard to pay for our tuition with the little that they have, maybe that’s why we can’t afford new clothes,” one of the female students said.
The panel heard that Dr April’s class had 800 students three years ago but now there are only 350 students left.
In defence, the unremorseful Dr April denied any wrongdoing, saying he just happen to have a different personality that should not be translated as arrogance.
“In a global village, the students should think in a three dimensional subconscious mind.
I am here to empower them,” he said.
The students demanded for his removal.