Tension is running high at Chifira Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Nkhata Bay District where students want the head teacher and his deputy to leave for alleged mismanagement of funds.
The two are under fire for forcing students to pay K3 000 for development projects on top of the K6 500 school fees without any consultation, and misappropriation of funds meant for less privileged students.
But the head teacher Tinkhani Singini and his deputy Ngwile Bana claim that some of the staff and community members are behind the student’s rebellion due to jealousy.
The head boy Jackson Tolisa said the students do not understand why they were being forced to pay an extra K3 000 development fee when the fees already includes a development fund contribution.
He said what irked the students is that over half of the Form Fours have missed their mock examinations for failing to pay the newly introduced development fee despite paying the school fees.
“We have agreed that the protest march will continue until the two authorities are pushed out of the school because they are the cause of the problems that we are facing here,” explained Tolisa.
In an interview, Singini and his deputy maintained that the allegations were baseless, saying their fellow staff and community members were behind the move.
Chifira is one of the developing secondary schools in Nkhata Bay with a total enrolment of 150 students. n