St. Michael’s Girls School closed

St. Michael’s Girls Secondary School students in Mangochi on Tuesday morning were forced to leave the school after vandalising school property in protest over poor diet.

By 11 am hordes of students were seen leaving the school, carrying their bags going home.

The students damaged the school property on Sunday evening.

It took the law-enforcers to intervene by firing teargas to disperse and restore peace at the school.

Mangochi Police station spokesperson, Rodrick Maida confirmed the incident saying they received a call from the school management to quell the situation after the students went on a rampage.

“It is true, we went there to restore peace but for what happened you can ask the school’s management,” he said.

One of the teachers who opted anonymity for fear of reprisals said the students went amok because of poor diet they have been receiving.

“The students have been complaining of the poor diet – nsima with beans and vegetables mostly; but there has never been an improvement.

“We saw the students regrouping before they started smashing the property,” revealed the teacher.

When contacted for comment head teacher for the school, Rose Chikhambi confirmed the closure of the school but refused to comment much on the development saying she is upset with the situation.

Chikhambi did not indicate when the school will reopen.