Robbers armed with panga knives on Monday morning stole K2 million worth of school fees at Thyolo Secondary School, Police have confirmed.
The money is reportedly examination fees collected from candidates for the Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB).
Confirming the incident, Edith Kachotsa, Police Public Relation Officer told the Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the robbers who were seven in number also went away with a computer.
Kachotsa said the unknown assailants made entry into the schools staffroom at around 1 am.
They found one of the teachers, identified as Edward Abraham working and forcefully took his key.
She said the robbers used this key to gain entry into the schools Deputy Headmaster’s office where the money was being kept.
“Abraham was then tied together with the guard on watch, Gideon Edson.
“The robbers then went away with the examination fees amounting to K2,177,850 in cash together with a laptop,” said Kachotsa.
There are serious questions as to why Abraham was at the office at an odd hour but in a statement he insists he was typing school work.
There was tension at the school campus on Monday morning as students boycotted assembly and classes all together demanding the immediate release of their teacher.
Police were called in and amicably brought order to the otherwise volatile situation.
A retired headmaster who spoke to Mana on grounds of anonymity said it is not procedural to keep such money at a school saying every school is supposed to deposit the money into MANEB account immediately.
The police have since appealed to anyone that might have information leading to the arrest of the culprits to come forth to help in apprehending the assailants.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :