Glengarry Primary School Closed

Glengarry primary school in ruins Glengarry primary school in ruins - pic by Luka Beston

Authorities in Thyolo have closed Glengarry primary school following growing theft and vandalism of property last month.

Ward councilor for the area, Hudson Ovila has confirmed that stakeholders which included the school owners, the Conforzi Plantations Limited have agreed to close the institution.

Ovila said they have resorted to take the painful decision since this is not the first time for the vandalism to happen.

He added that the school's learners who are less than 100 should be learning at a nearby Mpinji school.

"It's sad that people have been going there to vandalize property. So we have thought it wise to close the school so that the children can be going to the nearby schools such as Mpinji, Mbandanga or Nachipere at least," he confirmed.

A visit by Zodiak Online on Monday found the estate owned school in ruins.

The alleged thieves have literally removed windows and doors for the classrooms and headteacher's office at the school which had no residential teachers except a security guard.

In her reaction, chairperson for School Management Committee (SMC) Alindine Nangaza wished the school had tight security and remained open because many children in the area will drop out due to long distance to the nearest school.

The district's Civil Society Organization chair, Willard Mwambo has denounced the misconduct and felt sorry for the learners who will be required to walk through the thick forest to access education.

"It's so worrisome that Glengarry primary school has been closed due to vandalism. Now for very little children as well as girls to walk a long distance and through the bushy roads, it will put their lives in danger," Mwambo lamented.

After the incident happened last month, police in Thyolo confirmed to had received the report, but when followed up on Monday, there was no comment from the district's officer in-charge Isaac Norman if they have arrested anyone so far.

Meanwhile, all the teachers at the school have been posted to other schools.

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