Students Damage 5 School Property in 2021/2022 Academic Year

Chimala says out of 923 secondary schools in the country, students from five schools misbehaved and damaged property Chimala says out of 923 secondary schools in the country, students from five schools misbehaved and damaged property - file photo

At least five incidents of indiscipline were recorded in the just ended 2022 academic year where secondary school students damaged infrastructure.

Ministry of Education spokesperson Chikondi Chimala has told Zodiak Online this Monday that most of the incidents occurred following misunderstanding between school management and students, latest being Chayamba and St John's Bosco secondary schools.

Chimala says out of 923 secondary schools in the country, students from five schools misbehaved and damaged property in the just ended school calendar.

Chimala while calling on parents, faith and local leaders to instill some sense of discipline in students during this holiday, indicated that the students themselves shouldered almost all the rehabilitation costs for the damaged infrastructure.

"When we look at the secondary sub sector that was mostly affected by the incidents of indiscipline, the Ministry is aware of five schools. This means that on its part the Ministry and stakeholders we are at least doing something with the to ensure that we should be recording zero incidents," Chimala said.

Educationist, Dr Limbani Nsapato suggests the establishment of structured dialogue mechanisms which would enhance regular interface to resolve issues between two sides at a time most schools are facing resources constraints.

"The students’ representatives and the administration, such as headteachers and principals need to have that structured dialogue to resolve their issues," he suggested.

The 2022/2023 school calendar is expected to open on October 10, 2022.

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