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The Directorate of the Institute of Teacher Training (IFPP) in Chibata, in the district of Vanduzi, province of Manica, has just been dismissed, on suspicions of corruption, Notícias reports.
Meanwhile, AIM reported on friday that “the Mozambican police intervened on Thursday morning to disperse protesting students who had blocked the main road from the central city of Chimoio to the Zimbabwean border”.
The students were from the Chibata Teacher Training Institute, in Vanduzi district, and they were demonstrating against poor conditions, particularly lack of food, in the training college.
The students threw up barricades which temporarily interrupted traffic along the Chimoio-Zimbabwe road, and they closed the gate that provides access to the college. The police fired into the air to disperse the students.
“We decided to demonstrate because we have no food”, one group of students told reporters. “We’re eating badly, and we don’t have any water. Water doesn’t come out of the taps because the system doesn’t work. Also we don’t have any firewood. The bathrooms are filthy. This has happened since they decided to remove the old management”.
The students are calling for the old management to be reinstated, since they feel abandoned by the current management.
“They’ve abandoned us”, the students said. “We’re resorting to dry branches to obtain firewood and prepare meals. Every day we eat cabbage that we produce in our vegetable garden. We haven’t had any electricity in the dormitories since the beginning of the year. We’re suffering a lot here”.
The situation returned to normal at about 10.00, when the Vanduzi district administrator, Eulalia Nhaititima, accompanied by staff from the provincial government, went to the Chibata college and met with the students.
During the meeting, which lasted for half an hour, the studens explained the difficulties they have been facing ever since the start of this year.
At the end of the meeting the Deputy Provincial Director of Education, Maria De Lurdes Brige, recognised the difficulties, and blamed them on problems caused by the change in management.
“We came here to understand what’s going on”, she said. “We saw that the problem lies in the management. In the change of management there was some small disorganisation which will be overcome today. We are here to solve the problem”.
Brige said a team has been set up to deal with the problems identified, so that the situation at the college can return to normal. She declined to comment on specific issues raised by the protesting students such as the lack of food or of electricity, and the filthy state of the bathrooms.Source: Notícias / AIM
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