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BOYCOTTING CENTRAL HIGH PUPILS CLASH WITH COPS

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MBABANE – Mbabane Central High School pupils yesterday clashed with the Royal Swaziland Police after they boycotted classes over sporting activities.


The school’s operations were totally grounded in the morning as pupils chanted political songs and toyi-toyed while carrying placards.
Written on the placards were their grievances directed to the school’s administration. Police had to be called to restore order at the school as the situation was threatening to become chaotic.


After an hour of demonstration, the pupils were ordered to meet at the assembly spot where they were addressed by the Head teacher John Gwebu in what proved to be a failed attempt to calm the pupils.
The pupils told Gwebu that they wanted the administration to change its decision of not allowing pupils to take part in sporting activities.
Gwebu insisted that the administration wanted the pupil to focus on their academic performance as the number of fails recorded by the school warranted that the situation be addressed urgently. In response to the irate pupils’ plea, Gwebu said the right channels had to be followed to solve the matter, much to the disapproval of the pupils who demanded answers.


It was then that police officers chased the pupils and assaulted some of them as they ordered them to go to class. The action forced the pupils to run helter-skelter, with most of them jumping through windows as they evaded the advancing police officers.
Some pupils who were hurt were seen weeping as they claimed to have been injured during the fracas. The assembly square was cleared within a twinkle of an eye after the police’s intervention.


The pupils said they were angered by the school’s decision to suspend ball games and cultural activities for this academic year.
The school administration is said to have resolved in their last parental meeting that sporting activities should be suspended. Adding salt to their wounds was that the school’s football team are the current defending champions in the ball games.


The head teacher was resolute in that they will not change their decision. He said they would only take part in athletics this year.
“We resorted that sporting activities be suspended for this year because the number of fails at the end of the year was alarming. We are trying to make up for lost time academically speaking, and then next year we might consider engaging in sporting activities again,” said Gwebu.


He said the pupils were seemingly giving more focus on games instead of focusing on their schoolwork. He said the situation needed to be resolved for the smooth operation of the school. He said the pupils started rioting last week Friday, demanding that sporting activities be reinstated.


Another concern raised by the pupils was the issue of computer lessons.  The pupils alleged that they paid for computer lessons but are not offered at the school.
They also complained that they are served with beans every day and needed change. The head teacher said the food was acceptable.

Comments (15 posted):

Chris Dlamini on 05/03/2014 06:00:54
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Hawu, the leader of this institution is an embarrasment to the teaching fraternity.Research has proven that learners who perform well academically also do well in sports.

Lona losatsi bantfwana bangadlali esikolweni usho kutsini.Yemnumzane try and solve important issues uyekele kumosha sikhatsi sebantfwana.I also suggest you enrol for a course in education management.You are a disaster ..you are a poor leader.
sting on 05/03/2014 06:33:54
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Sekufuna kudliwa lemali yemasports kela!Ngobe akuvakali kutsi nayo suspended or not.Sporting activities are desined to refresh and to identify pupils with talents in sporting activities and we need to know that its not all of them who are going to be doctors ,teacher,nurses to mention a few but but others will be athlets and soccer pllayers and let them given an opportunity to shine.On another note sporting activities are part of their curriculum,you better reduce the number of the sporting activities than to scrap them off,unless nibuke kukhotsakhotsa ngala kulemali yemasports.
RIJAY on 05/03/2014 07:53:41
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KUVALE MA SPORTS WONT CHANGE A THING AT ALL CENTRAL JUST NEEDS A TRANSFORMATION IN MOST THINGS EVEN THE LEADERSHIP YAKHONA BEFORE WE JUMP TO BANING OF SPORTING ACTIVITIES INSTEAD THIS WILL MAKE THINGS TO BE WORSE THAN BEFORE.......
thulasizwe ndubane on 05/03/2014 07:53:43
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do this pupils know why were hey sent to school?mangabe asisakwa ku controla bantfwa betfu let us hire capable peoble for that.
Sibongile Mtetwa on 05/03/2014 09:44:39
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Shem! shem! shem!
If you are looking for someone to blame for the country bad records on human rights, look no further than the Swazi police: they really have no place in the education of our children. Pupils were brutally assaulted by the police but we all know that there won’t be any accountability.
Sbo on 05/03/2014 09:50:19
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Shem! shem! shem!
If you are looking for someone to blame for the country bad records on human rights, look no further than the Swazi police: they really have no place in the education of children. Pupils were brutally assaulted by the police but we all know that there won’t be any accountability.
khaya dlamini on 05/03/2014 14:26:18
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Mbabane central is a chaos vele kube kuyekelwa konkhe,akusafundziswa,thanks to Jerom,mayb skolwa sitake sesibuye egameni laso lokwa ngema 90s bekufundwa lapha!!!
cally on 05/03/2014 14:34:52
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Hai cha what's wrong wt Swaziland. Sports are part of the curriculum maybe that the SGB members are not educated.just for once yekelani kudla imali yebantu labahluphekile,ua nt different from ur government
Sammy on 05/03/2014 16:26:18
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Police brutality seems to be rising in our country...why assault the pupils nje? These so-called police officers seem to have no job ...UNISWA students, nurses ,teachers , workers in general and now even high school pupils are crying foul over these polize...They should stick to what they know...NO TO POLICE BRUTALITY!!!
mxo on 05/03/2014 16:36:05
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But cash never suspended,it's unfair.

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