Male students from Police Secondary School in the eastern city of Zomba on Thursday ran riot and destroyed property in reaction to school management’s delay in addressing their concerns over poor sanitation.
The students have for a long time decried poor hostel sanitation which has been compounded by shortage of toilets due to the swelling number of students at the hostels. As management’s reaction to the situation, all Form One and Three students have temporarily been sent home in a bid to address the issue.
Among other things, the students destroyed classroom windows and demolished two pit latrine toilets at the hostels. The male hostels have flush toilets where water stopped flowing about a month ago.
Assessment of the damage has not yet been established by the authorities.
“We are tired with this situation considering that we pay a lot of money for school fees. Making matters worse, water stopped coming in the flush toilets some weeks ago and the pit latrines outside are also full. Where are we going to relieve ourselves?” wondered one of the rioting students.
Eastern Region Police spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude confirmed the development in an interview.
“It was morning at around 4 am when we heard some noise at the school’s hostels. We rushed to the scene and
discovered that the male students are rioting and have damaged school property. Despite the fact that their concerns are genuine, we felt there could have been a better way of expressing their arguments as opposed to damaging school property,” he said.
Police Secondary School was one of the famous schools in the country with high standards in the 80s and early 90s and had on several times scooped first positions in national school drama competitions for both French and English languages.