Parents of pupils at Chemhanza High School in Hwedza, Zimbabwe are voicing frustration over a recent mass expulsion of students. It’s reported that thirty Form 4 and 6 learners were removed following claims of bullying and fights last week.
Sources say the incident occurred on September 17th, involving both senior and junior students. Some parents allege their children were helping protect younger pupils who were being attacked. However, authorities singled out suspects and suspended them without a fair hearing.
A particular concern involves the daughter of a top intelligence agency officer (CIO), said to be severely assaulted. This has raised suspicions of favouritism for that student. Parents dispute the school’s account.
When attempts were made to get statements, students faced leading questions designed to elicit certain answers. The school authorities later instructed parents to retrieve their children without understanding the full situation.
With final exams soon, the expelled senior students face an uncertain future. Parents want transparency from school leaders. However, attempts to directly contact the headmaster were unsuccessful. The matter has sparked unrest within the school community and debates around due process. Further engagement between administrators and families may be needed to resolve outstanding issues.