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SITEKI – Normally, pupils in schools are punished for misbehaving or for performing poorly in their studies, however, at Lubombo Central Primary School in Siteki, pupils are beaten for not bringing to school empty containers of Umcenge Milk.

This has angered parents and further strained their relationship with the school administration, specifically the head teacher.
Lubombo Central Primary is participating in a waste collection and recycling competition initiated by dairy products manufacturing company, Parmalat Swaziland (PTY) Ltd.

As per the terms of the compe

tition, participating schools are required to collect empty containers of Umcenge Milk, which are then collected by Parmalat.
The school which will collect the most containers will be awarded with E20 000.
Lubombo Central Primary School administration is keen to win the competition and, as such, all pupils have been instructed to collect at least 10 empty containers of Umcenge Milk per day.

Pupils who fail to bring to school the containers are punished by the head teacher.
“Last week, the head teacher visited all classes and beat pupils who did not bring with them the containers. Some pupils tried explaining that they couldn’t find the containers but the head teacher continued punishing them,” said a source.
The source added that the head teacher’s actions were criticised by some teachers, who were of the view that it was unfair to force pupils to be part of the competition.

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