Form 4 Njube High girls ‘caught’ in beer binge

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili

SEVEN Form Four girl pupils at Njube High School were al­legedly caught drink­ing al­co­hol on the school’s premises and some of them have stopped re­port­ing for class since they were busted.

The seven girls were rounded up by the school au­thor­i­ties af­ter one of the school’s pre­fects caught them drink­ing “hot stuff ” in the toi­lets and alerted teach­ers.

School au­thor­i­ties are said to have or­dered the pupils to come with their par­ents. Some of the pupils did not re­turn to school af­ter­wards since they were caught last week on Mon­day.

On Fri­day the school’s head­mas­ter, who iden­ti­fied him­self only as Mr Nde­bele, con­firmed the in­ci­dent.

He said he could not pro­vide more de­tails on the mat­ter as he was not cleared to speak to the Press.

“As you may know I wasn’t cleared to speak to the Press, but in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way,” said Mr Nde­bele.

He re­ferred fur­ther ques­tions to Bu­l­awayo Pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor (PED) Mr Dan Moyo.

The PED said the pupils face dis­ci­plinary mea­sures and would also re­ceive coun­selling if the al­le­ga­tions against them are true.

“This mat­ter has not reached my of­fice. But if it oc­curred the pupils will be dis­ci­plined as well as coun­selled,” said Mr Moyo.

Sources at the school said the girls were found with dif­fer­ent al­co­holic brands.

“The seven of them were found with all sorts of al­co­hol. It is wor­ry­ing that these chil­dren are sup­posed to be writ­ing their pub­lic examinations this week but are busy de­stroy­ing their lives,” said a source.

The source said the school was hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties with pupils, es­pe­cially from child-headed fam­i­lies. “There’re chil­dren who stay alone be­cause their par­ents and guardians are in the di­as­pora. They have the ex­tra cash which they end up us­ing to buy al­co­hol. What those girls did is just a re­flec­tion of what they do at home. Who is buy­ing al­co­hol for them? Are shops sell­ing beer to chil­dren?” asked the source.

Last year, there was an out­cry when an in­creas­ing num­ber of pupils were hold­ing Vuzu par­ties where they would get drunk and indulge in sex or­gies. Some of the pupils were us­ing sex en­hanc­ing con­coc­tions that ex­perts said might re­sult in the chil­dren suf­fer­ing from erectile dys­func­tion in the fu­ture. — @nqot­shili

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