Teachers suspended after students’ strike

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MASERU — Three teachers at St James High School were suspended on Monday after students went on strike demanding books.

It was however not clear what role the teachers played in the students’ strike.

Students who spoke to the Lesotho Times said they were not happy with the school management after it failed to supply them with books despite having paid their book fees.

They also complained of a shortage of teachers in some subjects.

One of the students, who requested anonymity, said they did not have teachers for Computer Studies, Biology, Development Studies, Literature and Sesotho.

“Education is the key to success and we are always encouraged to attend school and do well but how can we learn with no teachers?” he asked.

Another student who also refused to be identified said it was unfair that they were being expelled from classes when they do not have books when they had already paid for them.

Some Form B students also complained that they have not had teachers for Religious Studies and Sesotho since January.

“We are very concerned because time is not on our side. Exams are drawing nearer, yet we have done very little work,” the students said.

The school’s acting principal, ‘Mathabiso Ramosoeu, confirmed the suspension but refused to give more details referring this newspaper to the head of the school Bishop Adam Taaso.

Efforts to contact Taaso for comment were not successful last night.

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