Education Minister Agnes NyaLonje has warned public school students to refrain from teasing and bullying others, saying those caught in the act will be expelled from education institutions.
“Every day, I attend to letters in which school officials ask me to approve the suspension of students involved in unruly behaviour.
“The situation is getting out of hand,” the minister said during the launch of construction works under the Upgrading and Expanding Community Day Secondary Schools Project.
Under the initiative, 103 schools will be constructed, along with laboratories and libraries, as one way of improving education standards in the country.
“Our worry is that when we discipline them, they become hostile and wreak havoc in schools. I will not back students that misbehave. They will be expelled from school,” she said.
NyaLonje then issued a two-week ultimatum to contractors assigned to do the works.
She ordered them to mobilise construction equipment or face unspecified action.
It is expected that, once construction works are completed, the performance of students in mathematics and science subjects will improve.
The project targets 13 community day secondary schools in 13 districts of the country.
Traditional Authority Kilupula commended the government for introducing the project.
“During our time, it was easy to be selected to university once one did well in mathematics and science subjects. Nowadays, many CDSS students are disadvantaged because they lack laboratories and libraries. Therefore, the project is the answer to such a challenge,” Kilupula said.
The project is being funded by the World Bank.