Form Four students from Faith Foundation Private Secondary School at Fatima trading centre in Nsanje staged peaceful demonstrations on Wednesday this week in protest of missing science subjects from their registered subjects.
According to information sourced by Nthanda Times, the students got angry with their administration after they realized that registration process of M.S.C.E subjects contained some irregularities. It all started a fortnight ago when the students heard that their colleagues from neighbouring schools have started the verification process of registered subjects and they were marvelled to see that their school administration was mute.
It took a group of courageous students to approach the Director of the school Mr Njikho to inquire on the matter. “We asked him about the issue of verification after hearing that our friends were verifying their names” explains one of the students at the institution.
Sadly, the development made some students to be suspended for a week. The suspension of the students prompted some students to go to Makhanga CDSS which is 2o km away on the other bank of deflected Ruo River. There they observed that some subjects they registered for were missing. The head teacher of Makhanga CDSS denied any foul play on the missing subjects and assured the students that what they found was what their Director Mr Njikho gave them.
Upon returning, the fatigued students discussed with the entire community and resorted to demonstrate against their administration for embezzling the fees meant for such subjects.
At first, they went through Primary Education Advisor (PEA) and Fatima Police Station to lodge their anomalies but found the Office of the PEA closed whilst the Police answered them that this is not new to them since it also happened at the same institution last year.
The entire Form 4 students paraded to Makhanga two days later with an escort of two Police Officers. “We signed 8 subjects amounting to MK 9 300 each student, but we got 7, 6, and some got 5 subjects” another students explained. “Ma subjects amene akusowa kwambiri ndi a science [most missing subjects are sciences], on top of that some were given subjects they did not even register.
The students requested the Headmaster of Makhanga that the missing subjects be corrected and were told that it would require some money to be paid. The Director declined to cough such huge amount of money and said that he would repay the exact money which the students paid.
Currently, the Director has already reimbursed the money to some students and has promised to finish the exercise on 4 th April next month.