A primary school teacher in Mulanje, who went beyond the borders to apply corporal punishment to a Standard five pupil, was given a dose of mob justice by the pupil’s relations before he was handed over to law enforcers for proper justice to take its course.
Nyasa Times understands that 47 year old Stanley Matemba who teaches at Njedza Catholic primary school in Mulanje beat Precious Mapaya during a Social Studies class because of noise making in the classroom and he could not ascertain who exactly were behind the noise. He thus chose to beat pupils at random.
“I was seated and copying notes from the board but some boys who were not writing and walking all over the room were making noise and I heard Mr. Matemba shouting above his voice that everyone should sit down. Suddenly I felt a struck on my eye and another, and then blood started flowing from my face,” lamented the boy.
He was treated at Mulanje District Hospital with three stitches on one cut below the left eye and got medication on an open wound on the left outer side of the eye.
The action did not go down well with his relations. They rushed to the school and took the law in their own hands in unleashing what they felt was a befitting a punishment to the barbaric behaviour of the teacher.
The School’s Head Teacher Handford Katuli has complained that three men took the teacher by surprise as he was relieving himself at the washroom and dragged him out with his trousers hanging around his knees in the process showing off his inside dressing.
District Education Manager Gossam Mafuta has described the whole scenario as sad saying: “In the first place, it’s unfortunate that corporal punishment which ended long time ago and is illegal in education institutions was used. Let the community know we will ensure that our member of staff will be treated accordingly.”
He also raised concerns on the conduct by family members of the pupil for man handling the accused teacher in front of his learners, saying that was also beyond their jurisdiction..
The pupil hails from Njedza village, traditional authority Mabuka while the teacher is from Waluma village, traditional authority Nankumba in Phalombe. He is on police bail awaiting court appearance.