Saturday, June 18, 2016

Likangala Form Four Students Go Wild

... speeding vehicle hits three
... One cries uncontrollably

The teachers at Likangala Secondary School in Zomba City had, most likely, good intentions when they hatched the idea of organising a graduation event for Malawi School Certificate of Education students.
The examinations, now at nose-distance away, are not here. But they will be there because the Malawi National Examinations Board already finalised all the work. Again, it is not common for the Malawi National Examinations Board to postpone examinations, save when there is a massive leakage. Like it happened the other year, and all Malawi National Examinations Board employees had to walk with their tails between their legs.
Except the State President. He was a shameless man, and kept his head high in that shameful year. As if nothing had gone wrong.
But there was nothing to hold one's head high about on Friday at Likangala Secondary School after everything went wrong at what was meant to be a graduation ceremony.
Instead of cerebrating, three candidates were 'chewing' the fruits of their insolence.
Having endured the various academic challenges posed to them in the past four years of learning and unlearning, the candidates decided to be too explicit with what they probably thought is the freedom they will 'buy' after sitting [sitting examinations or sitting for examinations are both right] examinations. So, some of the candidates came to the event drunk. Mostly the male candidates. School relationships that had been hidden for years were revealed as some candidates chose to hold and fondle in public. Right before their teachers!
Malawi is suffering from a silent moral crisis! Such behaviour did put the candidates at the fulcrum of debate on Friday. And such behaviour brought to the fore the suggestion that, maybe, Malawians should be compelled to find a new stabilised formula of morality. Dictatorship was mistaken for a political system, other than a stabilised formula of enforcing morality and, so, people hate. But Malawi is at a cross-roads and another formula of stabilisation should be found.
That is one of the thoughts that kept bouncing off my and other people's heads on Friday. At least the ones I was talking with.
To cut a long story short [because I know I have confused you already], the graduation ceremony ended by 4:30 pm and the candidates were furious that it ended so early.
So, they swarmed the nearby road; the road to Mpondabwino Market and Mpunga Township. They started stoning vehicles. Some jumped on the boots of on-coming vehicles and smashed windscreens.
That is when one taxi came speeding [travelling at, perhaps, 80 kilometrees per hour] in the driver's bid to prevent the apparently drunk, out-of-sorts candidates from jumping on it.
But, as I watched, three candidates jumped onto the vehicle, probably thinking the driver would press his feet hard on the brakes and stop.
Big mistake!
They were hit, in broad daylight, and came sprawling to the ground like poorly packed 50-kilogramme bags of rice.
Some candidates in front of the vehicle stoned it and the driver had to stop. They beat him to pulp instead of attending to their fellow students.
The driver, surprised, rushed back into his vehicle and sped away.
Noone was willing to take the three hit, and seriously injured candidates to hospital. To make matters worse, reality [meaning, pain] caught up with the students and they started crying uncontrollably.
Two of them could not even stand up. They cried, apparently in pain, at the slightest touch.
They had paid the price of insolence.
And, then, they have not even sat [you either sit examinations, of sit for examinations: it's all grammatically correct] the examinations!

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