Malawi Police in Nkhotakota district have arrested four Bishop Mtekateka Private Secondary students and one from Linga Community Day Secondary School in the district for behaving violently following the suspension of a Bishop Mtekateka head boy over the use of an ipad.
According to Nkhotakota Police public relations officer, Williams Kaponda, the students went on a rampage after the school’s management suspended the head boy as he was trying to address his fellow students regarding an ipad which was destroyed by one of the teachers at the school.
“The school’s decision to suspend the head boy triggered anger among students and in solidarity with the head boy they went on rampage to seek management’s explanation on the suspension and several other suspensions given to students without justification,” said Kaponda.
Meanwhile the school has been closed until Monday next week when students are expected to go with their parents.
According to the school’s rules and regulations, a student is not supposed to be found with a cellphone at the school. Police identified the arrested students as the head boy, Morton Mzumara (19) of Chinguluwe village in the area of traditional authority Kalonga in Salima, Brave Mbewe (20) of Kamange village in the area of traditional authority Malengachanzi and Mwai Kalozi (19) of Matiki village in the area of senior chief Kanyenda in Nkhotakota. The other two are minors and are aged 18 and 15.
This comes barely a few weeks after students from another private secondary school in the district also went on rampage and damaged the school’s property.