The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Monday, Au­gust 8, 1966 — About 100 African stu­dents from se­nior classes and teacher­train­ing classes of Em­pan­deni School, a Catholic mis­sion near Plumtree, were sent home on Thurs­day and Fri­day for in­dis­ci­pline. This sec­tion of the school was closed, said an Em­pan­deni spokesman yes­ter­day.

The Catholic bishop of Bu­l­awayo, the Rt Rev AG Sch­mitt, con­firmed yes­ter­day that all classes at Em­pan­deni above Form One had been closed.

The of­fend­ing be­hav­iour in­cluded drunk­en­ness, he said.

When some stu­dents were sus­pended by the di­rec­tor of the mis­sion, Fa­ther Ed­mar, a crowd of stu­dents protested. There was un­ruly be­hav­iour, the Bishop said. “At one stage, I am told that one or two stones were thrown.”

Fa­ther Ed­mar was away from Em­pan­deni when a Chron­i­cle re­porter tried to reach him yes­ter­day, but an­other priest at the mis­sion con­firmed that stu­dents broke into the mis­sion’s power house and cut off power and lights.

But the cut was brief. Fa­ther Ed­mar switched on the mo­tors again a few min­utes later.

There was no one in the power house when Fa­ther Ed­mar ex­am­ined it, the priest said. Fa­ther Ed­mar found a win­dow had been bro­ken, to ef­fect en­try.

The priest said a full re­port on mat­ters lead­ing up to this in­ci­dent and to the clos­ing of the se­nior classes had been sent to the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion by the head­mas­ter, Fa­ther Benno.

The stu­dents had been sent away by bus on Thurs­day and Fri­day. All were told they must re-ap­ply for ad­mis­sion if they wished to re­turn to school next term.

This term would have closed on Au­gust 24.

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