Police Teargas School Pupils
Armed police were forced to use teargas in Lilongwe January 18 to disperse angry primary school pupils who run amuck in area 24 because their school does not have adequate room.
The police were actually engaged in running battles with the school pupils causing meyham in the whole township.
The young learners are protesting shortage of classrooms. Peace has since returned to the location. Arrests have been reported but no specific details are yet available on identities.
Police had to use teargas to disperse the rioting pupils.
With about ten thousand learners, Ngwewa Primary School is said to be the most populous school in Lilongwe city.
Our reporter, Patrick Maulidi, who rushed to the scene, says students stoned headmaster’s office and block the rood from Area 22 to Ngwenya no vehicles pass through.
“I spoke to some of student and they said main problem is lack of classrooms,” he said.
Some students come in the morning shift and other group comes in the afternoon and they said even there are two shifts the classroom space is not adequate, other students learn under the tree, students told our reporter.
Head teacher Mr. Victor Kachelamwini says learners came to his office demanding classroom.
Mr. Kacheramwini says the issue started sometimes ago adding that teachers are also demanding hardship allowances because of large number of students at Ngwenya Primary School in Lilongwe.—Zodiak Online
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