Wednesday, 27 February 2013 18:05(JollofNews) – The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education in Gambia has closed down one of the country’s oldest high schools following students protest.
A statement released by the ministry, published by the pro-government Daily Observer on Wednesday, does not say the source of the decision. But it said the school remains closed “until further notice.”
It warns students attending the school “to stay away” and wait for further directives from the Ministry.
“Parents of student attending St. Augustine’s are also urged to ensure that this directive is adhered to strictly by their children,” the statement, signed by Permanent Secretary, Baboucarr Bouy, adds.
Reports earlier cited rioting students at the school on Tuesday destroying part of its properties in response to the school authorities’ decision to bar a group of senior students from an exam.
Sources said the deputy principle of the school prevented the selected group of students whom he’d allegedly identified as truants.
These angry students were soon joined by fellow students when they got disenchanted by the decision.
Soon missiles started flying from all directions, smashing office and classroom windows.
The education ministry in its Wednesday statement says it was working closely with the school authorities to reopen the school “soonest.”
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