Students drop strike

Students drop strike

MASERU – STUDENTS at Mokoallong High School withdrew from a strike action to commemorate the International Peace Day in partnership with the Development for Peace Education (DPE) last Monday. Teachers say the students had embarked on the strike because they did not want to follow instructions from school authorities. The students were also defying instructions from their peers in the student representative body, resulting in lawlessness at the school.

It was the DPE that came up with the idea of introducing leadership skills in secondary schools as part of its programme of instilling accountability from an early age.
The DPE also advocates for peaceful solution of problems through negotiations and by means of public representatives who are democratically elected.
It is through this programme that DPE introduced democratic representative leadership in secondary schools, including Mokoallong.

A teacher at the school, Peshoane Nchoba said the students had threatened to go on a massive strike during the commemoration of the International Peace Day, which was held last Monday.
However their head girl, Kolisang Thulo, said after the strike that she, together with the school cabinet made up of students, went to each class convincing students that they should speak up if they had complaints than go on strike.

Mokoallong High School is among the eight schools that worked with the DPE countrywide in commemoration of the International Peace Day.
Melidah Bohloko-Kuape, the DPE peace education researcher, said the International Peace Day is celebrated in different countries.
She said the organisation chose to celebrate with schools to promote a culture of peace among children and youths.
“We do not want to see strikes in schools anymore,” she said.

Bohloko-Kuape said students should address their issues to the management rather than going on strikes and destroying school property.
Mokoallong High School Principal ‘Manako Sakoane said the right to peace is the theme of this year.
Sakoane said even though the International Peace Day is celebrated annually, she wants it to be a culture in Mokoallong.
“That is because we want to promote peace,” she said.

DPE also celebrated the day with Lekoaneng High School, Amohelang High School and Fusi Secondary School among others.

‘Makhotso Rakotsoane

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