What may have inspired secondary school pupils to break into their principal’s office, retrieve phones taken from them, and then set fire to the office?
That is the question that remains unanswered in Lusaka, where students from Kwmwala Secondary School perpetrated such an attack.
According to the Zambian Observer, they also set fire to the staff room, destroying various learning papers, including text books and mid-term examination answer scripts.
According to Police Assistant Public Relations Officer Godfrey Chilabi, the attack happened in the early hours of last Thursday.
“It was discovered that the office of the deputy headteacher had been broken into, and upon inspection, it was revealed that an undisclosed number of cell phones of undisclosed value had been stolen from the same office,” Mr Chilabi added.
“On the previous day, June 14, 2023, these cell phones were confiscated from the school students.”
Although both the headteacher and his deputy verified the occurrence, they were unable to provide any specifics and referred all questions to higher authorities.
According to the site, Ministry of Education communication specialist Kunda Mando stated that the ministry was still awaiting a report from school administrators, police, and other stakeholders.