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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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0 #8 maliko 2012-01-19 08:33
Ana okwiya. These are real future leaders. mpaka ana afika potele. Tiyeni tikonze zinthuzi akuluakulu.
+1 #7 Mikolongwe 2012-01-19 06:45
Bingu advisors, imagine wasting tax payers or Nsanje port and no additional schools in populated areas like area 24? Population has grown and prediction says by 2020 Malawi will double, akulu akulu please make plans. Nanga ku Chinsapo? Ndirande? Kauma? Ntandire?
+1 #6 petmatchisa 2012-01-19 05:26
Zodiak needs to improve its english. This is a very important story, but the lack of editing is a pet-peeve
+1 #5 tetete 2012-01-18 16:18
one thing am not very sure of and not to deaming the pupils, but was the police really cornered to the point of having mo other option but to use teargas, or the police get excited when an oppurtunity present itself to offload teargas in their storehouse? am just wondering and agree with the pupil's demand(s).
+1 #4 Ibscofield 2012-01-18 15:50
Malawi whats going on?
0 #3 asis 2012-01-18 14:49
Akulu akulu muzifunse mpaka ana a primary kuukira mmm zochititsa manyazi izi,apa ndiye sizikuyendatu.
0 #2 Khununya 2012-01-18 14:16
The truth is hardship allowance not crass rooms. Go there and ask the teachers. Kids were sent back after each teacher wanted only 60 pupils.
+4 #1 Fair Play 2012-01-18 13:36
The call for increased classroom space is justified. Sometimes I wonder kuti kukanakhala kuti Dziko lino poyamba penepeni munthu ngati Kamuzu sanalamulirepo bwenzi pano kuli chani cholozeka??? Otherwise kamuzu built M1 road up to Karonga, but it has taken 15 years in the democratic dispensation just to connect the tarmarc road to Chitipa (100km). It has taken 15years of the same just to connect the Lumbadzi Dowa road (70km). Despite Kamuzu leaving a lot of space for expansion in all academic institutions (sec schools, primary, University's) to date 99.9% of those institutions have not expanded to cover up the space. If kamuzu didnt built KIA, who could have built it and these other things we have today courtesy of Original Ngwazi? With these plastic headed presidents we are now having, Its unfortunate that we are failing to take off on the ground that Kamuzu already cleared???

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