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Protesting parents arrested at Prince Edwards high school

by Bustop TV News

A group of parents of Prince Edwards High School have been arrested after staging a demonstration at the school premises, over poor hygienic conditions at the institution.

The parents accused the school management of overlooking poor health conditions at the school that has seen raw sewage flowing in hostels.

The disgruntled parents held a protest at the school premises on Monday before being arrested by anti-riot police for illegally holding an unsanctioned gathering.

The school headmaster refused to address them and referred them to the education ministry.

Speaking during the protest before the arrest, one parent Priscilla Chakawa said the parents initially petitioned the education ministry over low pass rates and poor learning conditions at the school however the entreaty fell on deaf ears.

“We have been denied access to the hostels but we know toilets are blocked, raw sewage flowing, some do not even have running water and some students are now forced to use a few hostels that are properly working.

“We wanted to see where we are leaving our children, we cannot leave our children in raw sewage during this time of cholera outbreak.

“We have petitioned the education ministry over funds embezzlement by the school management and we requested the school development committee to call a meeting and up to date, nothing has been addressed,” she said.

The parents were however denied access to students’ hostels by the school security.

Other grievances raised by the parents were poor pass rates, drug abuse, bullying and shortage of food besides having paid school fees in full.

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