- The school prepared late lunch due to water shortage
- National Water had disconnected the school following outstanding water bills which the school cleared on Wednesday but technicians took long to re-connect
- It remains unclear when the students would return
By Metedio Iceta
Moyo-Bishop Asili secondary school has been closed after a strike.
According to the students, they went on strike over delayed lunch. One of the students said: “We were told there was shortage of water that made the cooks to prepare late food for lunch and this annoyed the students to turn violent.”
After demanding for explanation from the school administration, the students turned rowdy. This prompted the teachers to take off from the school. The police then swung into action but also met resistance from the rowdy students who pelted them with stones.
The acting District Police Commander, Ingenious Dragudu, said the students destroyed a toilet and pelted the buildings with stones.
“Students should always know why they are in school. Parents are not stupid to send you (students) in this school and you don’t know how much they labor to pay your school fees,” Dragudu said.
The Head prefect, James Amena, said the school was disconnected by National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) Moyo branch. “We were told by the school administration that water bills were paid but the technicians from the Company failed to turn up for re-connections. We don’t know when we shall return for studies,” Amena said.
The NWSC Branch Manager, Lumbard Tabu, said that the school was disconnected last year (2017) due to non-payment. “It is true that the school had outstanding bill which was high that resulted into the disconnection and two days ago payments were done in our system,” Tabu said.
Mary Mazapwke, the head teacher of the school said that: “We shall sit for emergency meeting and come with resolutions to determine the return date for the students to begin normal classes. We have always advocated for students to be disciplined and if there is anything, they should tell us to resolve amicably instead of resorting to strike.”