— Students at Mansa college of education yesterday staged a peaceful demonstration following the suspension of a colleague by the administration for allegedly stealing 23 eggs.
The students are demanding among other things the reinstatement of a
third year student Reuben Mumba who was suspended last week for stealing the eggs from the college production unit.
The students are also pressing for the removal of the college
Principal Peter Chishimba.
The students who carried placards denouncing college management were
only stopped by the police who had a tough time to calm the students
from matching to the provincial education officer’s office.
The students say it is unfair that the college management can suspend
the student over 23 eggs when he has been working hard at the poultry
house where he was assigned by the administration.
Reuben Mumba was linked by the school authority to the theft after
another student was caught with 23 eggs by the college security last week.
The students are also demanding that management allows them enough
time to go to their respective churches saying at the moment they are
only allowed an hour to attend church.
But College principal Peter Chishimba says the disciplinary committee
at the institution worked within the laws of the
institution when they suspended the student.
He wondered why the suspended student stole the eggs when he was put at
the poultry house on humanitarian grounds by the college so that he
could raise funds to pay his school fees.
Meanwhile calm has retained to the college after the students where
addressed by Luapula Province Education Officer Jennifer Banda.