The Ministry of Education, Skills and Development has resolved to close Maun Senior Secondary School with immediate effect following burning of classes lately.
On Wednesday students were given 45minutes to vacate the school premises while those who originate from far away villages were provided with transport.
Maun Administration District Commissioner, Bernadette Malala told a gathering which consisted of students, Police, Regional Education Officers and other leaders that all form four students were not allowed in school until further notice while form fives who are currently seating for their final examinations will only be allowed in school during examinations period.
“Form five students will be allowed in school only when they come to write their examinations and they will be expected to leave immediately after finishing their papers,” said the District Commissioner.
She said the decision to close the school was reached after unruly behaviour by students which has become a threat to teachers and the community.
Malala gave an example of eight classes and an office which burnt down. “This is not a good decision but the situation is out of control and we had to do it.”
Speaking to The Voice, the Chairperson of Parents Teachers Association Joseph Segwai said that they realized that the fires were not caused by electric fault after grass and other properties which were far from electricity were also burnt.
He described the situation as a threat to everyone including the students because there was no clue of who was causing the fires.
Meanwhile Maun Police Station Commander Superitandant Kenanao Kenny Badumetse said that his officers will keep an eye on those who trespass.
He said that the police will continue with their 24 hour patrol on the school premises as they have been doing since the fire outbreaks.
The Station Commander together with the District Commissioner told this publication that they are not aware of threats which were posted on social network, facebook about love affairs between teachers and students.
The profile which goes by the name, The Voice Wa Maun Secondary School is said to have put a post before the Independence short vacation that if the school management does not take action against teachers who are in love with students there will be trouble, according to a source within the school management.