Police warn pupils against rioting over exams

By Staff Reporter

 

Police has sent a warning to all pupils in Secondary Schools to desist from engaging in acts of lawlessness following the decision by government to suspend this year’s examinations indefinitely.

Police spokesperson Esther Katongo appealed to parents and guardians to help guide the conduct of their children.

On Friday, pupils at Olympia Park Secondary School in Lusaka protested against the decision by throwing stones at teachers and motorists and hurling insults.

“The Zambia Police will not condone any act that has potential to cause any form of anarchy in this country, therefore, anyone that will be found causing confusion will not be spared. On Friday between 09 00 hours and 10 00 hours, pupils from Lusaka’s Olympia Park Secondary School staged a protest demanding that they be allowed to write Exams,’’ she said in a statement Saturday. ‘’The pupils blocked roads using stones thereby inconveniencing motorists. Upon seeing Police Officers, the unruly pupils began throwing stones at the Police but officers managed to disperse them and calm was restored. Police managed to apprehend 10 pupils among them grade 08, 10, 11 and 12 pupils who were later strongly warned and released.”