The National, Thursday 6th June 2013
STUDENTS attending Lae and Bugandi secondary schools may return to classes next Monday although police will be closely monitoring their movements.
Classes were suspended after a clash between students from the two schools two weeks ago resulting in the death of a student and injuries to others.
Provincial education adviser Murika Bihoro said he would ask the two schools to resume classes.
Bihoro, acting provincial administrator Geoving Bilong, Lae Secondary principal Christopher Raymond and Bugandi principal Tetang Punumping will meet with Lae police and Menyamya Security Services and others to avoid a repetition of the incident.
“We will be meeting them tomorrow with the two principals to advise them on our position,” Bihoro said.
“And we anticipate the schools to start on Monday. Of course, the streets will be patrolled for the safety of the children. (We must) make sure that Bugandi and Lae secondary schools students don’t come close to each other as much as possible.
“We have to man the streets and ensure that their safety is monitored, not guaranteed but monitored.”
Bihoro said police investigation into the clash was still continuing. The provincial administrator has talked to Lae police to identify the main instigators and charge them.
“We want those main culprits who caused the problem, interview them and get down to the bottom of this so that an appropriate decision is made for us to show cause that we are concerned and don’t want such incidents to happen in the future,” Bihoro said.