Minister warns parents against taking law into own hands
THE Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Cde Obedingwa Mguni, has warned parents who barred their children from attending lessons at Tahangana High School in Mangwe District against inciting violence against the school’s headmaster, Mr Norman Muvimi.
The parents have demanded the transfer of Mr Muvimi from the school.
Mr Muvimi was moved to Tahangana High School at the beginning of the second term last year from Mambale High School following complaints from staff members.
He had allegedly composed 44 jingles which he was forcing teachers and pupils to recite each day “as a way of improving the school’s pass rate.”
Speaking during a meeting with School Development Association committee members and community leaders Thursday, Cde Mguni, who is also the Mangwe MP, said parents should wait for the Ministry of Primary and Education to deliberate on the issue.
“There is no need to take the law into your own hands but you should allow the Ministry of Education to do their job and resolve this matter amicably and in a peaceful manner. You should also realise that any disturbances at the school will only disrupt lessons and cause a huge setback for exam classes. If you incite any violence then law enforcement agents will be forced to take action,” Cde Mguni said.
He also urged parents to respect the decisions that were going to be made by the Ministry of Education.
There have been disturbances at the school for the past year with parents demanding the transfer of Mr Muvimi whom they have blamed for poor administration and causing a drop in the school’s pass rate among other things. On opening day parents blocked the school gates and ordered all children to return to their homes. They also threatened to take matters into their own hands and evict Mr Muvimi if the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education decided to keep him at the school.
The Ministry on Monday ordered Mr Muvimi to undergo a pyschiatric examination after questioning his mental stability. He was removed from the school on Thursday last week after parents withdrew their children demanding his transfer.
Mr Muvimi was escorted out of the school by police and education officials who left him at his homestead to ensure his safety.
In the meantime, the embattled headmaster was advised to report to the District Education office daily until the matter was resolved. In response to the queries on his mental stability, Mr Muvimi said he was mentally sound.
A group of pupils from the school last year held a demonstration against him after he stopped them from attending a sporting event, despite paying sports levy.
The disgruntled pupils were also unhappy as they had been missing out on lessons while the headmaster allegedly held long meetings with teachers.
Teachers at the school also wrote a petition against him complaining that he was harsh. — @DubeMatutu
Jingles head Mr Norman Muvimi