Cranborne Boys protest… Headmaster locked in his office
Pupils at Cranborne Boys High School staged a demonstration on Wednesday against the school head, Dennis Masenga who stands accused of gross mismanagement and failing to but school uniforms yet he bought himself a brand new Toyota Hilux truck.
The school head boy said they locked up the headmaster in his office so that he could not escape.
The boys marched around the community singing and denigrating the school head saying he must be ousted for falling standards in sports at the school, among other accusations.
Head boy Ryan Rusere they had downed pens in demand for more sporting time.
“We decided to lock the main gate so that the headmaster does not escape. Our school is a pale shadow of its former self due to mismanagement.
“The headmaster is strangely against sport. At one time we had to raise our own sporting funds through our tuck. We are also being given one set of uniform for all sporting disciplines. This puts us at a disadvantage when several games are being played simultaneously,” Rusere said.
Students also complained of blockages and poor drainage at the school toilets. They also bemoaned poorly equipped science laboratories and insufficient computers in the computer lab.
“We have sewer bursts every week and sewage flows all over the school. The headmaster has changed our swimming pool changing rooms into a fowl run for his personal poultry project,” other students said.
Media could not reach the school head as he was locked up in his own office.
The government’s District Administrator for the schools in Harare East, Absolom Chinoona could also not comment immediately.
Teachers at the school who spoke on condition of anonymity said the students were justified in their protest as the conditions at the school were indeed deteriorating.
“The headmaster bought a new Toyota Hilux for $135,000 yet he says the school cannot afford sports uniforms.
“Next Monday the students have examinations and are being told to bring own exam stationery yet they pay fees.
“The headmaster uses school facilities for his private poultry project where he has 120 layers and eggs which he sells to the school,” said one teacher.
Two weeks ago, Mabelreign Girls High students also protested over deteriorating conditions.