POLICE have arrested 12 pupils at Monze Boys Secondary School in Southern Province for participating in a riot sparked by the confiscation of 100 cell phones sneaked into the institution against school regulations.
And the Ministry of General Education has warned pupils country-wide not to sneak mobile phones into schools, especially those who are in boarding.
Spokesperson Hillary Chipango said in an interview yesterday the ministry last week confiscated 100 cell phones at the school which had been illegally sneaked in by the learners.
Mr Chipango said 12 pupils were arrested after they destroyed school property in protest but eight were released.
He said four are still in police custody.
Mr Chipango said the ministry has in the recent past been receiving reports of pupils sneaking their cell phones into schools, a practice which is banned.
He appealed to parents to ensure children left their cell phones at home to enable them to concentrate on their studies.
Mr Chipango said the pupils were using sophisticated and dangerous ways to re-charge their phones thereby posing a danger to school property and people’s lives.
“All the phones are in the custody of school authorities as Government policy does not allow the use of cell phones in schools,” he said.
“Cell phones usually disturb the learning process for the pupils as most of them just go on social media,” Mr Chipango said.
He said it is Government’s mandate to ensure children grow into responsible citizens without any hindrance.
“Most of these children who sneak in phones do not perform well in their studies, which is a source of concern for us,” he said.
Mr Chipango warned of stern action against any pupil found in possession of a mobile phone in school.